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Flying Officer Julian Albert Marryshow was a Grenadian airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who served during the Second World War.

He was born in Grenada, the son of Theophilus Albert Marryshow, a political activist and campaigner for a West Indies Federation. Marryshow joined the Royal Air Force under the "Trinidad Air Training Scheme",[1] and was posted to the Supermarine Spitfire-equipped 602 Squadron. He was credited with damaging one Fw 190 while supporting the ill-fated Dieppe raid on 19 August 1942.[2]

Marryshow later converted to the Hawker Typhoon, and operated the fighter-bomber as part of 193 Squadron. With his squadron, he flew sorties over Europe during the Normandy landings, and was credited with the destruction of a number of trains and rocket launcher sites.[3] On 24 February 1945, Marryshow's Typhoon (serial EK236) was hit by flak and came down near Breda.[4] He survived and was able to rejoin his squadron.

After the war, Marryshow studied economics under Professor Harold Laski at the London School of Economics.[5] He went on to be employed in the tourism industry. His work took him to a number of countries, in various capacities, and he acted as a consultant to the tourists boards of Tonga and the Solomon Islands,[6] amongst others. In 1974, he headed a committee for Barbados' Board of Tourism which decided to revive the 'Crop Over' harvest festival.[7] Marryshow died on 17 July 2012, in Barbados.[8]

NotesEdit

  1. Brizan, George I. Brizan (2001), Brave Young Grenadians: Loyal British Subjects, p. 64.
  2. Foreman, John (2005), Raf Fighter Command Victory Claims, Volume 2, p. 194.
  3. Caribbean Glory, da-academy.org. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  4. Bickers, Richard Townshend (1999), Hawker Typhoon: The Combat History, p. 106.
  5. Sheppard, Jill (1997), Marryshow of Grenada: An Introduction, p. 21.
  6. Douglas, Ngaire Douglas (1997), They came for savages: 100 years of tourism in Melanesia, p. 157.
  7. Macmillan Caribbean (2003), A-Z of Barbados Heritage, p. 60.
  8. Rest in Peace Julian, barbadosunderground.wordpress.com. Retrieved 7 August 2015.