Born: 1920, Ipswich.
Died: 29th June 1941; age: 20.
Suffolk Territorial Army – late Cadet Sergeant – Ipswich School – Contingent – Junior Division – Officer Training Corps – to be Second Lieutenant – 1st April 1939.
15th February 1941 – Temporary Commission as Pilot Officer, 45342 – Second Lieutenant – Royal Artillery.
Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 45342.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, Unit 9 Flying Training School.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Albert Reginald & Ethel May Saward, of Ipswich.
Father: Albert Reginald Saward, born 1887, Tottenham, Middlesex.
Mother: Ethel May Saward (nee Borman), born 1883, Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire.
John attended Ipswich School.
29th June 1941
Aircraft: Master Mk1; Serial Numbers: T8445 & T8448; Based at R.A.F. Hullavington, near Chippenham, Wiltshire. On the 29th June 1941, T8445 & T8448 were engaged on a training sortie when they collided in mid-air resulting in the deaths of three airmen. It is not known who was actually in which aircraft. There were no survivors.
The two other airmen killed:
Michael Frederick Sydney Laughton; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 20; R.A.F.
Douglas Rodwell Parker; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 26; R.A.F.
Michael & Douglas were laid to rest side by side at Chippenham Cemetery, London Road, Wiltshire.
John is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.
Aircraft accident information courtesy of John Allan