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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
4101 WadesonThomas EdwardSergeantRAFVRAir GunnerRAFVRBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-08-02StirlingIIIBF577JN-M (C Flight)Mepal2331Hamburg See Archive report for further details KilledHamburg Cemetery. Collective grave 4A.D.10-12 Read Archive Report
4102 WadeyDesmond PercySergeantNZ/412371Age 25New ZealandW/Op/Air/GnrRNZAFBomber Command11 OTU
1942-28-06WellingtonXX3173KY-MRAF Bassingbourn410TrainingSee Archive report for further detailsInjuredBorn on the 26th September 1917, survived the war. Retired as a Fl/Lt. on the 26th September 1972. Died on the 28th March 1983, age 63, buried on the 08th April 1983 at Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui, New Zealand. Son of George Wadey (died 05th May 1938, age 48) and Ethel Elizabeth Wadey (née Paul - died 17th December 1953, age 64), husband of Eileen Elizabrth Wadey (died 01st June 2004, age 87)
4103 WaereaT HPilot OfficerRNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-09-27StirlingIIIEH877JN-CMepal1957HannoverCrashed SarstedtKilledHannover War Cemetery
4104 WainJohn HerbertFlying OfficerNZ/421945Age 33New ZealandNavigatorDFC

RNZAFBomber Command7Sqn
1944-05-01LancasterIIIND901MG-BRAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire2245Chambly, FranceSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledNointel Communal Cemetery. Collective grave

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Born on the 07th December 1910 at Tomato. Prior to service worked as a motor mechanic for C.L. Rhodes at Christchurch. Enlisted at Rotorua on the 21st March 1942. Embarked for Canada on the 29th May 1942. After training received his air observers badge and promoted to sergeant on the 09th October 1942, receiving his commission on the same date. Embarked for England on the 28th October 1942. Further training with 11 Operational Training Unit joining on the 03rd May 1941. Then to 1665 Heavy Conversion Operational Training Unit joining on the 29th June 1943. Joined 75 Squadron on the 29th August 1943 flying the Sterling and completed 16 operational sorties. Joined 7 squadron January 1944 and awarded his PFF badge on the 18th April 1944.

Son of Frederick William and Mary Sophia Wain (nee Hille - died 16th January 1929, age 50). Husband of Edith Mildred Wain (nee Skinner), of Riccarton, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 541 flying hours logged and on his 30th operational sorties.

4105 WainwrightA EdwardSergeant1355493Wireless OperatorRAFVRBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1942-03-25WellingtonIIIX3652AA-OFeltwellEssenHit by 1 & 3/schw Res Flak Abt 472. 3/schw Res Flak Abt 134 and 1/schw Res Flak Abt. Belly landed at Duisburg-Kasslerfeld. Time unknown. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1942 - Theo Boiten).PoW No. 24813 Dulag Luft/Stalag 344 Lamsdorf/ Stalag Luft 3 Sagan & Belaria Promoted to Warrant Officer whilst a PoW. Returned to UK 11 July 1944 (Repatriation ?)
4106 WainwrightDFlight Sergeant1193816Bomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-04-16StirlingIW7469AA-ONewmarket2217MannheimCrashed at KatzenbachPoW
4107 WaiteAubrey ReginaldSergeant575638Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command75 Sqn RNZAF
1943-06-11StirlingIIIBK817AA:BNewmarket23:48DusseldorfBK817 was claimed by Oblt. Wilhelm Telge, his 5th Abschuss, from STABII./NJG1 nr Friodthier, 3 km south of Aubel at 3.600m at 01:35 Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 22 June) 1943 Part 1 - Theo Boiten). The aircraft crashed at Friodthier (Liège), 10 km north of Verviers, Belgium.KilledHeverlee War Cemetery Coll.grave.9.D.2-7Son of Reginald John and Minnie Rhoda Waite, of Reading, Berkshire
4108 WakelyN NFlight SergeantRNZAFBomber Command196Sqn
1943-09-16StirlingIIIEF114ZO-HWitchford2013ModaneCrashed at Heurtevent FranceKilledLisieux Communal
4109 WakemanH JSergeantRNZAFBomber Command57Sqn
1942-08-18WellingtonIIIX3371DX-GFeltwell2040FlensburgPresumed lost over seaKilledKiel War CemeteryArchive Report
4110 WakerleyJoseph JamesFlying Officer1325219 / 169159Age ?BritishWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1945-03-21LancasterING449AA-TRAF Mepal, Cambridgeshire09:45MunsterShot down by flak over target areaPoWNo further details - we welcome your contribution
4111 WalJ A EWarrant OfficerNZ401294Bomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
4112 WaldenGordon FitzgeraldFlight SergeantNZ/402117Age 26New ZealandAir/GnrRNZAFFighter Command256Sqn
1942-02-26DefiantIT3995JT-UCredited with one enemy aircraft as damagedRAF Squires Gate, Lancashire2000TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledLytham St Anne's (Park) Cemetery. Sec. D. Nonconformist. Grave 730

Courtesy AWMM

Born on the 13th November 1915 at Foxten. Worked as a storeman at Wanganui prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 28th July 1940. Awarded his air gunners badge and promoted to sergeant on the 21st September 1941. Embarked for England on the 06th October 1940. Joined 256 squadron from 60 Operational Training Unit where it is thought he was an instructor. on the 16th December 1942.

Son of Richard and Ada Evelyn Walden (nee Fitzgerald) and husband of Vera Olive Walden (nee Mooney, later Chalk) of 60 Jellicoe Street, Wanganui, New Zealand. Half brother (mothers side) to Fl/Lt. Cecil Todd NZ/411795 RNZAF. Killed on the 05th May 1944 whilst with 7 squadron. Further details here. A total of 222 flying hours logged. Completed 16 operational sorties.

4113 WaldieIvan JamesLACNZ/39480Age 29New ZealandFlight EngineerRNZAFTransport6Sqn (RNZAF)
1943-06-05CatalinaPB-5NZ4006-RNZAF Luthale Bay, Fiji430Ferry flightSee archive report for detailed informationMissing - believed killedBourail Memorial. Panel 9Born on the 19th May 1914 in Dunedin. Son of Robert George and Catherine Christina Waldie (née Ryan), Timaru, New Zealand
4114 WaldromC KPilot OfficerRNZAFBomber Command115Sqn
1944-01-14LancasterIIDS720KO-DWitchford1701BraunschweigKilledHannover War Cemetery
4115 WalkerGeorge AlbertSergeant1332840NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-08-02StirlingIIIBF577JN-M (C Flight)Mepal2331Hamburg See Archive report for further details KilledHamburg Cemetery. Grave 4A.D.13 Read Archive Report
4116 WalkerGraham StuartSergeantNZ/401817Age 25New ZealandAir GunnerRNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1941-07-24WellingtonIcN2854AA-URAF Feltwell, Norfolk1050BrestSee Archive reportMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 64

AWMM Via Jennifer Lemaire

Born on the 20th May 1916 in Auckland. Worked as a grocery assistant for Self-Help Co-Op Stores Ltd at Te Kuiti. Served in the territorial army for a year before enlisting at Levin on the 02nd of July 1940. Trained at No. 1 Air Observer School and awarded his air gunner badge on the 22nd August 1940 and promoted to sergeant the following day.

Embarked for England on the 14th of September 1940. Further training with No. 20 Operational Training Unit commencing 28th December 1940. Finally joining 75 squadron on the the16th of April 1941.

Son of Ernest Graham Walker, and of Mary Jane Walker (née Stewart). Stepson of Robert Watson Read, of Te Kuiti, Auckland, New Zealand. Carried out 20 operational sorties.

4117 WalkerStanley JamesFlight LieutenantNew ZealandPilotRNZAF490Sqn RNZAFCatalina, Sunderland
Posted to 490Sqn RAF JUI FREETOWN SIERRA LEONE 1945-02-14 flying Sunderlands on anti U-boat patrols till end of war. Survived war and returned to New Zealand
4118 WalkerJ RCaptainPilotRNZAF USAAFFighter485Sqn RNZAF
4119 WalkerMaxwell HerbertSergeantNZ/411306Born on the 26th April 1919New ZealandWireless Operator/Air GunnerRNZAFFar East3Sqn RNZAF1942-10-16HudsonIIIANZ2055Not known Palikulo Airbase, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu 325Patrol See archive report for further brief details Missing - believed killedBourail Memorial, New Caledonia Panel 8.

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4120 WalkerMaurice NewtonSergeantNZ/405348Age 23New ZealanderObserverRNZAFMiddle East1446 Ferry Training Flight . No.1 Overseas Air Despatch Unit. 43 Group1942-10-23WellingtonVHX775-Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire300Deliver FlightSee Archive report for details - Information courtesy John JonesSafe. Aircraft struck off charge. InternedBorn 26th of November 1919, at Cambridge, New Zealand. Awarded commission 04th September 1944. Survived the war. Died 22nd September 1997, at Hamilton, age 77. Buried Newstead Cemetery, Hamilton
4121 WalkerBasil AlexanderSergeantNZ/40782Age 21New ZalandPilotRNZAFBomber Command - Middle East38Sqn
1941-05-04WellingtonICW5681HD-?Shallufa, Egypt (Fuka)2000Benina, LibyaSee archive report for further detailsKilledEl Alamein War Cemetery. Grave: XII.C.12

Born on the 16th of October 1919 at Christchurch. Worked as a clerk for National Tobacco Company. Enlisted at Levin on the 12th March 1940. 3 Trained with No. 2 Elementary Training School (08th April 1940) No. 2 Flying Training School0 (03rd June 1940). Pilot badge awarded on the 02nd August 1940 and promoted to sergeant on the 21st of Setember 1940. Embarked for England on the 06th October 1940. Further training with 20 Operational Training Unit (03rd December 1940).

Joined 75 squadron (13th February 1941) completing 4 operational sorties. Flew a Wellington via Malta to Egypt (08-09 April 1941). Joined 38 squadron (19th April 1941). Son of Herbert Walker, and of Katherine Alice McG. Walker (died 18th January 1967, age 76), of 39 Cameron Road, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. A total of 286 flying hours logged andon his 23rd operational sortie.

4122 WalkerAlbert FrederickFlight SergeantNZ/425184Age 34New ZealandW/Op/Air/GnrRNZAFFar East31Sqn (RNZAF)
1944-07-01AvengerTBF-ICNZ2512-Piva Bomber Strip, Bougainville820StrikeSee archive report for full detailsKilledPort Moresby War Cemetery (Bomana). Joint grave C8. A. 11-12

Born on the 28th March 1910 atTe Aroha, Waikato. Worked as a sheet metal worker for D. Henry and Company Ltd in Auckland. Served for 3 years in territorial army. Enlisted at Hobsonville on the 30th May 1942. Embarked for Canada on the 02nd October 1942. Air gunner badge and promoted to sergeant on the 26th July 1943. Returned to New Zealand on the 18th January 1944 after a period as staff wireless operator. Joined 31 squadron on the 04th February 1944 and carried out 25 operational sorties. Moved to South Pacific with the squadron on the 23rd May 1944. Son of Frederick Angus Stanley and Marie Walker (née Guilding) and husband of Mabel Annie Walker (née Wrigley) of Pt. Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand.
4123 WallaceJ TSergeantRNZAFBomber Command115Sqn
1941-08-12WellingtonIcZ8835KO-UMarham2127Essen?KilledBecklingen War Cemetery
4124 WallaceR FFlying OfficerRNZAFBomber Command550Sqn
1945-03-15LancasterING287BQ-QN Killingholme1718MisburgCrashed at RothKilledHannover War Cemetery
4125 WallaceJack FisherSergeantNZ/401735Air GunnerRNZAFFighter Command151Sqn
1941-02-23DefiantIN3388DZ-? RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire 1835Scramble - patrol See archive report for further details Killed Honington Churchyard, Suffolk (All Saints). Row C. Grave 12 Read Archive Report
4126 WallisBernard ForfarPilot Officer428180New ZealandPilotRNZAFBomber Command582Sqn
1944-04-22LancasterIIIJA9336O:SRAF Little Staughton22:14LaonAttacked by night fighter and exploded in mid-air. Wreckage falling at Dives, 14 km SE of Roye. Claimed by Hptm. Martin Drewes his 21st Abschuss from Stab III./NJG1 10-20 km SE Rosières at 2.300m at 00:27 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (16 March 1944 - 11 May 1944) Part 2 - Theo Boiten)KiARoye New British Cemetery, Plot 2, Row AB, Coll. Grave 16-18Son of William Forfar and of Anne Elizabeth (née Thomson) Wallis , of Wellington, New Zealand
4127 WallisA BFlying OfficerRNZAFBomber Command90Sqn
1943-07-30StirlingIIIBK775WP-HWest Wickham2237RemscheidCrashed at KonigshofenKilledRunnymede
4128 WallsRex JamesFlying OfficerNZ/417133Born on the 17th January 1915New ZealandPilotRNZAFTraining Command36 Operational Training Unit1944-01-18OxfordVEB506-Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada1600TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledMiddleton Old Holy Trinity Cemetery. Sec. 1. Grave 3

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire

Son of Thomas Dermot Walsh and of Margaret Mary Walsh (née Shaw), of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand. Worked as a cinematograph operator prior to service. 1104 flying hours logged with 810 on the Oxford
4129 WalpoleSydney HerbertFlying Officer120137Age 30NavigatorRAFVRCoastal Command489Sqn RNZAF
1943-04-09Hampden TB.IAT258XA-TRAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland1445Shipping See archive report for further details Missing- believed killedRunnymede Memorial: Panel 130Read Archive Report
4130 WalshJ A EWarrant OfficerRNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-04-08StirlingIIIBK770AA-LNewmarket2130DuisburgCrashed Bressingham NORFOLKKilledNewmarket Cemetery
4131 WalshWarrant OfficerBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-03-09StirlingIIIBK770NewmarketDuisburgCrashed Bressingham NORFOLKKilled
4132 WalshJohn DermotFlying OfficerNZ/39116Born on the 18th August 1917New ZealandPilotRNZAFTraining Command36 Operational Training Unit1944-01-18OxfordVEB506-Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada1600TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledKingston St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Cemetery. Air Force Plot

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire

Son of Thomas Dermot Walsh and of Margaret Mary Walsh (née Shaw), of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand. Worked as a cinematograph operator prior to service. 1104 flying hours logged with 810 on the Oxford
4133 WalsheP EFlying Officer1998PilotRNZAFBomber Command207 Sqn
1944-05-21LancasterIIIND522EM:JSpilsby22:10GardeningPicked up by a night fighter, whose fire caused a violent explosion, ejecting both survivors, both of whom were badly wounded. I was reported that wreckage from the Lancaster was found in Vasehavet near Mando Island.

Claim by Hptm Franz Buschmann Stab IV/NJG3 - Sea North of Mando Island (PS 4, i.Zus.Arb, probably Robbe or Buffel): 3,200m at 01:39. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten
PoW No 5507, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan & Belaria
4134 WalsheD JSergeantRNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1942-09-10WellingtonIIIBJ974AA-MildenhallDusseldorf?KilledRheinberg War Cemetery
4135 WaltersJack WilliamFlying OfficerNZ/404106Age 23New Zealand wireless Operator/Air GunnerDFC

RNZAFBomber Command7 Sqn
1944-05-19LancasterIIIND845MG:C RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire22:22le Mans Attack on V1 shipment en route to launching sitesSee archive report for further detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 263.
courtesy courtesy Auckland Cenotaph
4136 WaltersHenry GeorgeFlight SergeantNZ/425377Age 26New ZealanderAir/GnrRNZAF2 Group. 2nd Tactical Air Force180Sqn
1944-08-25MitchelleIIHD316EV-TRAF Dunsfold, Surrey1100Clermont, FranceSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 264
Courtesy AWMM

Born on the 06th November 1917 at Auckland. Worked as a linotype operator for Wilson and Horton Ltd. Enlisted on the 30th May 1942 at Hobsonville. Awarded his air gunners badge and promoted to sergeant on the 06th August 1943. Son of William Albert and Olive May Elizabeth Walters (née Joyce), of Mt. Eden, Auckland. 174 flying hours logged and on his 29th operational sortie.
4137 WaltersVernon AlfredSergeantNZ/413161Age 20New ZealandPilotRNZAFTraining Command6 Flying Instructor Training School. 50 Group1942-02-14Miles MagisterIN3829-RAF Staverton, Gloucestershire1415TrainingSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledGloucester Old Cemetery. Plot B. Grave 9872

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Born on the 21st March 1921 at Wellington. Worked as a customs agent for United Customs and Carrying Company in Wellington prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 25th May 1941. Trained at No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School joining on the 05th June 1941. Then to No.1 Flying Training School joining on the 16th August 1941. Pilots badge awarded on the 29th September 1941 and promoted to sergeant on the 08th November 1941. Embarked to England on the 17th November 1941. Joined 6 Flying Instructor Training School on the 13th January 1942.

Son of Frederick and Ethel Constance Walters (nee Mexted), of Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand.

4138 WaltonMatthew HenryFlight SergeantNZ/429439Age 21New ZealandAir BomberRNZAFBomber Command10 OTU. 91 Group
1945-01-04WellingtonXLP729-RAF Abingdon, Berkshire1110TrainingSee Archive report for further detailsKilledNew Shildon Churchyard (All Saints). Sec. B. Grave 601

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Born on the 09th September 1923 at Shildon, County Durham, England. Moved to New Zealand at an early age. Son of Matthew Walton and of Edith M. Walton (née Preston), of Northland, Wellington New Zealand. A total of 214 flying hours logged.
4139 WanstallR FSergeant656462Bomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-04-16StirlingIBF451AA-ZNewmarket2214MannheimCrashed at Rilly-la-MontagneKilledCholoy War Cemetery France
4140 WapleEricFlight Sergeant ObserverNZ/402000RNZAFBomber Command12Sqn
1942-07-19WellingtonIIW5414PH-RAF Binbrook, Yorkshire2201GardeningCrashed in target areaKilledArs-En-Re Communal Cemetery, Ile De Re. Row 5. Grave 1 Read Archive Report
4141 WarburtonDFlying Officer Great BritainRAFBomber CommandNo.18 OTU1941-02-04Vickers WellingtonIcR1298RAF BramcoteTraining Flight - Navigation Exercise Took off from Bramcote on a navigation exercise, during which the crew strayed off track. At 12:50 hrs the aircraft flew into a Barrage Balloon cable and crashed near Church Minshull, some four miles South-West of Middlewich, Cheshire. Location : United Kingdom.Killed on Training Flight CREW : F/O D Warburton (RAF); W/O Z J Perkowski; F/O A Minkiewicz; Sgt L Jachna; Sgt V C Hill (RAF); Sgt B T Abbott (RAF); Sgt J P Orynek; Sgt S J Wojcieckowski; Sgt W L Gosden (RNZAF); LAC H R Kwiatkowski
4142 WarburtonR LSergeantBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1941-10-10WellingtonIcZ8909AA-FeltwellKolnCrashed near KolnKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
4143 WarburtonCarl ArthurSergeant1484107Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command75 Sqn RNZAF
1944-05-22LancasterIIIND768AA:FMepal22:57DortmundSee archive report for detailsKilledReichswald War Cemetery. Grave 3.G.15
4144 WardJ MFlight LieutenantRNZAFBomber Command90Sqn
1944-10-31LancasterIPD269WP-QTuddenham1159BottropKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
4145 WardJames AllenSergeantNew ZealandPilotVictoria Cross

RNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1941-09-15WellingtonIcX3205AA-FeltwellHamburgCrashed in target areaKilledHamburg Cemetery

Epitaph: 'He is a bloody fine little chap. He's got all the guts in the world'
4146 WardA JSergeantBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1941-07-09WellingtonL7819AN-NMildenhallCrashed at Newmarket
4147 WardJames AllenSergeantNew ZealandPilotVictoria Cross

RNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1941-07-07WellingtonIcFeltwellAttack on Muster
VC Citation: On the night of 7th July, 1941, Sergeant Ward was second pilot of a Wellington returning from an attack on Munster. When flying over the Zuider Zee at 13,000 feet, the aircraft was attacked from beneath by a Messerschmitt 110, which secured hits with cannon shell and incendiary bullets. The rear gunner was wounded in the foot but delivered a burst of fire which sent the enemy fighter down, apparently out of control. Fire then broke out near the starboard engine, and, fed by petrol from a split pipe, quickly gained an alarming hold and threatened to spread to the entire wing. The crew forced a hole in the fuselage and made strenuous efforts to reduce the fire with extinguishers and even the coffee in their vacuum flasks, but without success. They were then warned to be ready to abandon the aircraft. As a last resort, Sergeant Ward volunteered to make an attempt to smother the fire with an engine cover which happened to be in use as a cushion. At first he proposed to discard his parachute, to reduce wind resistance, but was finally persuaded to take it. A rope from the dinghy was tied to him, though this was of little help and might have become a danger had he been blown off the aircraft. With the help of the navigator, he then climbed through the narrow astro-hatch and put on his parachute. The bomber was flying at a reduced speed, but the wind pressure must have been sufficient to render the operation one of extreme difficulty. Breaking the fabric to make hand and foot holds where necessary, and also taking advantage of existing holes in the fabric, Sergeant Ward succeeded in descending three feet to the wing and proceeding another three feet to a position behind the engine, despite the slipstream from the airscrew, which nearly blew him off the wing. Lying in this precarious position, he smothered the fire in the wing fabric and tried to push the cover into the hole in the wing and on to the leaking pipe from which the fire came. As soon as he moved his hand, however, the terrific wind blew the cover out and when he tried again it was lost. Tired as he was, he was able with the navigator’s assistance to make successfully the perilous journey back onto the aircraft. There was now no danger of the fire spreading from the petrol pipe, as there was no fabric left nearby, and in due course it burnt itself out. When the aircraft was nearly home some petrol which had collected in the wing blazed up furiously but died down quite suddenly. A safe landing was then made despite the damage sustained by the aircraft. The flight home had been made possible by the gallant action of Sergeant Ward in extinguishing the fire on the wing in circumstances of the greatest difficulty and at the risk of his life. Extract from “The London Gazette” of 5th August, 1941
4148 WardBryanWarrant OfficerNZ/403484Age 24New ZealanderPilotRNZAFAllied Expeditionary Airforce487Sqn
1944-07-05MosquitoFB.VIHX917EG-ERAF Thorney Island, Sussex1IntruderSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledDonnemain-Saint-Mames Communal Cemetery. Grave 2

Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire

Born on the 08th August 1919 at Napier. A clerical cadet for the Post and Telecommunications Department. Enlisted on the 28th September 1940 at Levin. Awarded pilots badge and promoted to sergeant on the 22nd March 1941.Joined 487 squadron on the 03rd January 1944 from 13 Operational Unit. Son of Herbert and Ethel Ward (née Johnson), and stepson of Ernest Victor McLachlan, of Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 920 flying hours logged and on his 26th operational sortie.
4149 WardRonald LeslieSergeant1250955Age 22BritishW/Op/Air/GnrRNZAFCoastal Command489Sqn RNZAF
1943-04-04HampdenTB.IAT259XA-WRAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland1058ReconnaissanceSee archive report for additional informationKilledTrondheim (Stavne) Cemetery. Grave A IV British. C. 8Son of Stanley David and Mary Martha Ward, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, England.
4150 WardThomas HartleyFlight SergeantNZ/421376Age 20New ZealandNavigatorRNZAFFar East4 Squadron
1944-08-20Hudson IIIANZ2066-RNZAF Nausori, Viti Levu, Fiji06:10Transit FlightSee Archive report for detailsMissing - believed killedBourail Memorial. Panel 7
Courtesy New Zealand Cenotaph

Born on the 22nd September 1911 in Quorn, South Australia. Son of Thomas Hartley and Mary Elizabeth Ward (née Griffen) of Auckland, New Zealand. His next of kin were friends Mesdames I. and E. Partridge, 15 Tuhimata Road, Auckland, New Zealand.

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