Henry Thomas WARD

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WARD, Henry Thomas

Service Number: 418599
Enlisted: 23 May 1942
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 97 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Malvern, Stonnington - Victoria, Australia, 23 April 1921
Home Town: Ashburton, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of wounds sustained in a night bombing raid on Lille France, United Kingdom, 11 May 1944, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
Grave 14108.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

23 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 418599, Aircrew Training Units
11 May 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 418599, No. 97 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

Harry Ward

Henry (Harry) Thomas Ward. Turns out that after 13 raids with 57 Sqdn the crew transferred to 97 (PFF) Sqdn on his 23rd birthday (23 April 1921). On his first Op with 97, on 11 May 1944, a flak burst by his mid upper turret, fatally wounding him. ND764 made it back to UK badly damaged (only to be lost with different crew on 9/10 June 1944) and Harry was buried with full military honours at 2:30 pm on 15 May in Cambridge City Cemetery.

ORB report reads:- Lancaster Mk III. ND764 (E) F/L William Mollison Walton, F/Sgt Leonard Charles George Mayhew, F/Sgt W. Williams, P/O Emlyn Rees, P/O Frank Douglas Roberts, F/O Henry Thomas Ward, F/Sgt John Douglas Hadlington. Up 2202 Down 0142. 6 x 7” clusters, 1 x 4000lb HC, 8 x 500lb MC, 3 x 4.5” reco flares. Weather clear over Lille, smoke haze. Target identified on H2S. First marker, soon after original illumination, was seen obscured, and bombing was stopped while further flares were dropped to aid re-marking. After we had dropped our reco flares, we orbited until instructions were clearly understood to bomb. There was considerable interference on VHF making communications exceedingly difficult. Bombing round second markers appeared very good. No apparent scatter.

At position 51.09N 02.45E (near Alveringham, Belgium, between Ostend and Dunkirk) at 0023 hours at 9,000 ft on homeward run, predicted heavy flak damaged mid upper turret, blew off left hand gun, damaged hydraulics, rear of fuselage, tail unit, DR compass, navigation light, intercom; all u/s as a result. Mid upper gunner found to be hit and was removed from turret. Reasonable landing made without intercom. Flying Officer Ward’s injuries fatal.

Posting to 97 Squadron:-
Aus418599 P/O H.T. Ward GDG To 97 Sqn from 57 Sqn 16.4.44
156103 F/O A/F/L W.M. Walton GD To 97 Sqn from 57 Sqn 16.4.44
975391 F/Sgt L.C.G. Mayhew FE To 97 Sqn from 1660 CU 20.4.44
1303654 F/Sgt J.W. McLaren AG To 97 Sqn from PFF Warboys 2.4.44
1303266 F/Sgt J.D. Hadlington AG To 97 Sqn from 57 Sqn 14.4.44
1321413 Sgt F.D. Roberts W/Op Ditto

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Kevin Regan, Ninfield, England, August 2021

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