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James Ward V.C. and Others

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This is a recently discovered (May 2004) picture of James Allen Ward (Jimmy Ward ) VC of 75 Sq . It was taken outside of the chapel in South St Hockwold. At this time he was billeted at the Rectory, Hockwold. It was believed to have been taken by the Hockwold policeman at the time.

My father and his crew were at Feltwell LFS 3 on course no. 26. They were attached to 75 (NZ) Squadron and transferred from Stirlings to Lancasters. They spent 6-7 days training on Lancasters before going back to 75. From my records they flew a total of 24.15 hours on Lancs before returning to 75.  They flew with a F/L Wilson and Squadron Leader Lin Drummond. Mr Drummond is still alive and lives in New Zealand.   David Lyon, (Oct 2002)

L-R front row - Flt/Sgt Phil Matthew Bomb Aimer RAAF alive living in Australia.
Sqd/Ldr Lin Drummond Pilot RNZAF alive living in Auckland NZ.
Flt/Sgt Albert Lyon WOP/AG RAFVR deceased ( my father).
Flt/Sgt Gordon Ellis Mid/UG RCAF alive living in Canada.
Flt/Sgt Philip Deane Navigator RAFVR alive living in London.
In turret Fl/Lt Bill Cotterall RAF Rear Gunner deceased.
The Flight Engineer F/O Bill Henry RAF is missing from the picture--deceased.
According to Gordon Ellis this picture was actually taken at Feltwell.
All as of 2003.

Sgt Gwyn Martin

Sgt Joe Lawton

Wing Commander Arthur Ashworth. Flying Officer 75th (NZ) Squadron based Feltwell 1941. Station Commander possibly C.P. Kay

Sgt Pete Gannaway
Joe, Pete and Jimmy Ward are remembered in Gwyn's account of his time at RAF Feltwell.