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Empire Windrush

  • Mark Johnson
  • Interview by: Peter Devitt


Much is said about the arrival of the Empire

with Windrush in 1948.

And it's generally presented as the first wave

or the first major wave of West Indian immigration

landing on the shores of Great Britain

invited by the government to come and

fill empty roles left by casualties of war.

What is often missed out from that story is the fact that

almost 1/3rd of the men aboard the Windrush

were Royal Air Force personnel

either returning to duty or joining the Air Force

for the first time having been recruited overseas.

And they came not to take jobs away from other people

but because they're skills were recognized

and because they were actively being recruited

by the Air Force who still three years after the war

recognizes the value of these people.

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