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.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



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.


John is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.


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.


Aircraft accident information courtesy of John Allan

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