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"Pilots of the Caribbean"
From today until 30th April 2014, the Royal Air Force Museum is hosting a brand new exhibition, which commemorates and celebrates the contribution of volunteers of African heritage in the RAF (below right) across two World Wars and continuing today. One such volunteer was William Robinson Clarke from Kingston, Jamaica (below left), who appears to be the only black pilot recorded as flying during the First World War. This record is taken from his Aviator’s Certificate, awarded by the Royal Aero Club on 26 April 1917. The Trust’s collection of Aviators’ Certificates can be searched online at, available free at the RAF Museum and some public libraries.