'Stranger Bwoy' in the Royal Air Force in Lincolnshire 1944-1948, by Ralph Ottey
Published privately by the author in 2004, 70 pages. A4 size spiral bound booklet (N4048)
Ralph Ottey was a young black Jamaican man who joined the RAF and came to Britain to fight in the Second World War, and in this book he recounts his experiences in the RAF in Lincolnshire during the War. It offers both a fascinating personal account of one man's experiences in the RAF in Lincolnshire during and immeadiately after the war, but also an insight into the racial tensions and intolerances that existed at that time. It includes several small colour and black and white photographs
From the preface: [This book] relates, in Ralph's homely, down-to-earth and humorous style, the story of the time he spent in England serving in the Royal Air Force. After his demob and a brief return to his native Jamaica, he decided to come 'home' and settle in Lincolnshire, and marry his wartime sweetheart. It is an extremely moving account and a testament to Ralph's own tolerance in the face of severe racial intolerance, but he also experienced genuine friendship whilst in the county during the war....
Ralph himself wrote of his book: This volume of my autobiography traces my RAF years starting with RAF No 1 Induction School at Hummanby Moor (in Filey, Yorkshire), and goes through the trials and tribulations of training, my posting to Lincolnshire, my time with the 617 Squadron, training for 'Civvy Street' and my return to Jamaica. The main part of the book covers my RAF years in and around RAF Coningsby and RAF Woodhall Spa, and most importantly, Boston. Boston was where I went to 'The Gliderdrome' on one fateful Saturday night, where I met Mavis (Ralph's future wife) and where I eventually returned in December 1948
Condition of the booklet is excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the spiral binding is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side. Please note this book was published privately by Ralph, and so while it might lack the 'finish' of a proffessional publication, this in no way detracts from its fascinating and insightful contents