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Aircraftman 1st Class John WARD (1415726) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Death of Death 1942-12-12 .

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AIR81/4935Flying Officer L J Ward, Sergeant G V Jefferson: interned; Pilot Officer E I C Johnson: killed; Sergeant J E Hogg, Sergeant L Greenwood: missing believed killed; aircraft force landed off coast of Eire, Whitley T4168, 502 Squadron, 24 January 1941.C16689033
AIR81/6885Sergeant J Wardrop: killed; Flight Lieutenant P J S Shaughnessy, Sergeant J E Hughff, Sergeant C W Townend: prisoners of war; aircraft force landing in the North Sea off the coast of Holland, Hampden AE127, 44 Squadron 13 June 1941.C16756182

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Lanc JB235/C 49 Sqn 18/19 Nov 43 opPiloted by Plt Off Reg Hales, JB235/C returned from a raid on Berlin on the night of 18/19 Nov 43 with rear gunner Wt Off Hugh Fraser dead as the result of oxygen failure. If there should be a forumite holding a copy of the 49 Sqn ORB for this night's raid could they check and tell me, please, the names of the other crew members? I have already checked John Ward's 'Beware of the Dogs of War', incidentally, but only the above two names are mentioned therein. Thanks in advance for any assistance offered. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 1st January 2008 04:47:32
War correspondentI just quoted the information for interest. I don't think Pyschic News is quite in the same league as Chorley or John Ward's 'Beware of the Dog'. If you read the whole article the story gets even balmier. ....Read More.John Larder on 15th May 2008 03:40:17
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Hampden L4077 20/21st July 1940.BEWARE OF THE DOG AT WAR An Operational Diary of 49 Squadron Spanning 49 Years 1916 - 1965 by John Ward has the following: The 12 Hampdens returned home to base with the exception P/O Michie (L4077) and crew. At 04.35hrs and seriously low on fuel, the pilot made a successful forced-landing at Bircham Newton. Thankfully the crew all walked away from the wreck. P/O Michie Pilot (Injured) Sgt Lowe (Injured) A/C Bellamy (Injured) Sgt Corbett (Injured) ....Read More.dennis_burke on 5th August 2009 06:26:02
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