I WITNESS HISTORY

A series of audio dramas which look at historical events from the eyes and in the imagined words of those who were there, or who might have been there.

The Windrush Cycle
HMT Windrush - May 24, 1948

Reader: David Monteith

Published on: May 24, 2018

Jock, a Jamaican Fighter Pilot in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, tells the story of the Windrush from the Armed Forces point of view.

Many troops were being repatriated from the Far East as they were de-mobbed in the aftermath of World War 2. As a troop ship, The Windrush had sailed from Japan to Australia, and called in at Kingston. Where they advertised the extra berths for sale.

Jock was one of many gaining a bounty for re-signing on – as the British Armed Forces were rapidly becoming depleted. As an RAF Officer- he got free Cabin Class passage to Tilbury.

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