Born: 18th August 1921, Nursing Home, 7, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, family home 22, Alpe Street, Ipswich.

Died: 28th August 1943; age: 22.


Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1335502.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 76 Squadron.


Originally laid to rest at Lonnerstadt Village Cemetery. Body later exhumed, identified and reburied 18th June 1948 at Durnbach War Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Durnbach War Cemetery,




Father: Walter Read Ward, born 1883, Orford, Suffolk – died 3rd February 1921, Stowmarket, Suffolk – a Bombardier, 340387, for the Royal Garrison Artillery, Essex and Suffolk. Enlisted 11th December 1915, served overseas. Discharged 21st June 1919. Awarded the Victory and British War plus the Silver War Badge – issue number – B/236208. A Hotel Keeper and Licensed Victualler.

Mother: Mary Evelyn Ward (nee Stroud), born 8th January 1888, Rawalpindi, Bengal. Mary’s father William Farr Stroud lost his life as a result of the First World War.

Sister: Lilian Florence Ward, born 13th April 1916, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


Walter was educated at Ipswich School.


In 1943, Ipswich, Walter married Eileen E.A. Dallaston, born May 1921, Ipswich – daughter of Ernest James Brown Dallaston, a builder’s clerk and Ethel Emily Dallaston (nee Gillingwater), of 18, Elmhurst Drave, Ipswich.


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


27th/28th August 1943

Aircraft: Handley Page Halifax; Serial Number: DK269; Code: MP-J. Took off at 20:46hrs from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire on a bombing mission to Nuremberg, Germany. Crashed at Fetzelhofen – all the crew killed.

Fellow Crew:

  Image of John Morton courtesy of his proud grandson.

John Edward Hipwell Morton; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Peter Carling; Flight Officer/Air Bomber; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

John Edward Cameron; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 21; R.C.A.F.

George Reginald Elks; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Edward Hyett; Flight Officer/Air Gunner; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.

Gerald Pearson; Flight Sergeant/Navigator; age 25; R.A.F.V.R.


The bodies of George Elks, Edward Hyett and Gerald Pearson were laid to rest in a collective grave.

76 Squadron.

Image courtesy of Kevin Pugsley, grandson to John Edward Hipwell Morton.

One Comment

  • Brave men RIP, recently just found out one of this crew was a relative to me and am going to visit their grave next year.

    I also have a couple of pictures of the crew if anyone would like to connect with me am happy to share and would be great to find out more information.

    Kind regards,

    Kevin Pugsley.


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