WILLIAM ANTHONY WARD

TONY

Photograph courtesy of John.

Born: 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd August 1942; age: 21; at Bridgend, Glamorganshire.

Residence: 6, Ruskin Road, Ipswich.

The London Gazette – 19th September 1941. As acting pilot officers on probation – 22nd August 1941.

 

Rank: Pilot Officer/Observer; Service Number: 104670.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

 

Grave Reference:

X.G.1.28.

Ipswich New Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Aubrey Donald Ward & Daisy Frances Ward, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Aubrey Donald Ward, born December 1889, Ipswich.

Mother: Daisy France Ward (nee Ward), born November 1890, Ipswich.

 

Tony attended Ipswich School with a scholarship. He became Head Boy at Rigaud House and Vice Captain of the School. In 1939, Tony won an open scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford. He joined the Oxford University Air Squadron. He gained a commission in the R.A.F.V.R.

 

Tony is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial, and  at Brasenose College which is situated on the wall in the entrance to the Chapel.

 

22nd August 1942

 

Aircraft – Bristol Beaufighter; Serial number – V8389; Code – Mk VIF; owner – 32 MU. Took off at 11.00hrs from R.A.F St. Althan, South Glamorgan on a test flight. Accident due to trimming tab control being crossed, thus reversing their normal function. The pilot was unable to hold the nose down and stalled in steep climb after take off. The aircraft crashed in to the ground at St. Athan station. All the crew killed.

Crew:

Jack Elford Hicks; Flight Sergeant; age 21; R.A.F.

Josef Nejezchleba; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 25; R.A.F. (Czechoslovakia).

 

 

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