WARD, James Allen  
Name:  Ward, James Allen
Date of birth:  June 14th, 1919 (Wanganui, New Zealand)
Date of death:  September 15th, 1941 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:  New Zealander ??
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: Royal New Zealand Air Force
Action: On 7 July 1941 the rightwing engine of a Wellington bomber was set on fire after a bomb raid on Munster, Germany. The pilot asked Sergeant Ward if he would try to put out the fire. Sergeant Ward left his position and crawled, trough a small hatch, onto the rightwing of the bomber. After putting out the fire he managed to crawl back inside the plane. Thanks to his heroic action the bomber landed safely on its home base.
Details: James Ward was killed in action on 15 September 1941 near Hamburg, Germany.
James Allen Ward is buried at the Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) Cemetery, Germany.
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Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
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