Peter Thomas was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1915. Thomas decided to fight for freedom by joining the RAF. He travelled from Nigeria to the UK to enlist and, on 17 September 1942, he became the first Black African to qualify as a pilot and the first to be commissioned as an officer.
He was a popular officer, liked by his comrades for his courtesy and good humour and respected for his strong religious faith. On 12 January 1945, while serving with No. 4 Radio School at Madley, Flight Lieutenant Peter Thomas was killed in a flying accident in bad weather. The thirty-year old Nigerian is buried in Bath Cemetery.
Discover his story and those of other Black RAF Personnel this #BlackHistoryMonth at https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/online-exhibitions/pilots-of-the-caribbean/heroes-and-sheroes/liberator-flight-lieutenant-emanuel-peter-john-adeniyi-thomas.aspx