Photograph courtesy of John.
Born: 1921, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd August 1942; age: 21; at Bridgend, Glamorganshire.
Residence: 6, Ruskin Road, Ipswich.
Tony gained a commission in the R.A.F.V.R.
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.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Aubrey Donald Ward & Daisy Frances Ward, of Ipswich.
Father: Aubrey Donald Ward, born December 1889, Ipswich. A Stores Controller – Mechanical Engineers.
Mother: Daisy France Ward (nee Ward), born November 1890, Ipswich.
Tony attended Ipswich School with a scholarship – entered 1931. He became Head Boy at Rigaud House and Vice Captain of the School – he left the school in 1939 with an open Scholarship in Natural Science to Brasenose College, Oxford, and a Special Exhibition from the Grocers’ Company. He joined the Oxford University Air Squadron. His musical gifts were well known locally and during two years at Oxford he took honours in Mathematical Mods. and in Shortened Physics Finals.
Tony is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School, and at Brasenose College, Oxford 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.
Jack Elford Hicks; Flight Sergeant; age 21; R.A.F.
Josef Nejezchleba; Flying Officer/Pilot; age 25; R.A.F. (Czechoslovakia).