Ward, Hugh Vivian Toms


Ward, Hugh Vivian Toms
Ward, HVT


38 items. The collection concerns Hugh Vivian Toms Ward (b. 1917, 1150434 Royal Air Force) and contains his log book, photographs, drawings and documents and an album. He flew operations as a flight engineer with 44 and 463 Squadrons.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Patricia McCabe and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.




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Ward, HVT

Collection Items

Lancaster commemorative drawing and spoof photograph
A drawing and a photograph both mounted on an album page.
Left: A commemorative sketch of a Lancaster flying above clouds or smoke, with its bomb bay doors open. Below is written: 'SGT BROOME. F/LT WALKER. SGT WARD. 44 SQUADRON TURIN. 4/5.2.43, …

Lancaster commemorative drawing
A commemorative drawing of a Lancaster on the ground with its engines running. Below is written: 'MILAN 44 SQUADRON 14/15 FEBRUARY 1943' and below that: 'F/LT WALKER, F/SGT WARD, F/SGT CHARNOCK, SGT GOLDSMITH, SGT HUBBARD, SGT DAVIES.' It is signed…

Sleeping man
Water colour of the head and shoulders of a man sleeping with his head on a pillow. It is captioned in pencil: 'The Sparrow !' and signed by the artist 'broome'.

Bride and groom
Full length photograph of a bride and groom. The bride is wearing a wedding gown with headdress and holding a bouquet. She is holding the arm of the groom who is in RAF uniform with a sergeant's stripes and a flight engineer's brevet. He is without…

Shackleton and Chipmunks
Air to air photograph of a Shackleton, almost head on, with three de Havilland Chipmunks in formation below and behind. All are flying at low level over countryside and there are hills in the background.

Squadron standard party
An RAF standard party on parade at RAF Waddington bearing the 44 (Rhodesia) Sqn standard. Present is a lady dignitary and a group captain. In the left background are spectators and in the right background a hangar.

Commemorative image of a Lancaster airborne - torn on right side. Captioned 'Nurnberg 25/26.II.43, F/Lt Walker, Sgt Goldsmith, P/O [...], Sgt Ward, Sgt Jones, Sgt [..], Sgt Broome, Sgt Davies'.

H V T Ward's RAF service and release book
Contains dates of Ward's service in the RAFVR, his transfer to and date of release from the Reserve. Also gives his rank and trade and assessmentsof his character and proficiency and his date of birth.
There is also a handwritten note that he…

HVT Ward's certificate of discharge
RAF Form 3813: Discharge from the Royal Air Force upon joining the Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Hugh Ward's Royal Air Force observer's and air gunner's flying log book
Observer's and air gunners flying log book for Warrant Officer HVT Ward, flight engineer, from 15 September 1942 to 9 September 1945. Detailing his training schedule, operations flown and instructional duties.He was stationed at: RAF St. Athan, RAF…

Four men in a dormitory
Four men seated in a dormitory. Also in the scene are beds, bed clothes (made into in a bed pack), a suitcase and a jacket and trousers on a hanger.

Five airmen on a Lancaster
Five airmen seated on a Lancaster, three on the fuselage, wearing caps and two on the port wing root. The cockpit canopy is visible to the left. Two prints of the same photograph.

Lincoln Cathedral and airmen
Left page - Oblique aerial photograph of Lincoln cathedral.
Right page - nine airmen standing in front of the rear turret of a Lancaster with another Lancaster in the background. Captioned '1945 463 sqn'.

Aircrew and ground crew
Left, top. Two aircrew embracing each other beside a Lancaster. On the fuselage the squadron code letters 'KM' are visible. On the reverse is written: '2 of my crew 44 Sqd'.

Left, bottom. Six airmen grouped at the side of a Lancaster. Four are…

Aircraft cockpits
Left page. Airman in a Lancaster cockpit. An airman looks out at the camera from the pilot's position in the cockpit of a Lancaster. In the foreground is the port inner engine. Artwork on the nose records the completion of 20 bombing…

Air and ground crew
Left page. Six airmen, one squatting and the others standing, by the rear fuselage of a Lancaster with letter 'K'. On the reverse 'Ground crew 44 Sqd'. Captioned '44 Sqdn ground crew'.
Right page top. Two aircrew wearing battledress and peaked…

44 and 463 Squadron aircrew
Left page. Three aircrew standing against the port side of a Lancaster rear fuselage. Two characters of the three letter aircraft code are visible either side of the roundel. The person in the centre is wearing battledress and an officer's peaked cap…

Left page. Seven aircrew at the rear turret of a Lancaster. The three at the back are standing, the middle one is an officer while the four in front are squatting down. All are wearing battledress and two have on Mae Wests. On the reverse is written:…

Left. An in-flight view of a Lancaster's mid-upper gun turret taken from the astrodome at the rear of the cockpit. The air gunner can be seen in his turret and the tail plane and fins are in the picture. On the reverse is written: 'PLEASE RETURN…

Lancaster nose
A view, from the ground, of a Lancaster's nose. A person can be seen lying prone in the bomb aimer's position. Aerials and a pitot head can also be seen on the fuselage. On the reverse is written: 'PLEASE RETURN' and ''T' KM'.

Lancaster bomb bay
A view of the bomb bay of a Lancaster in which is loaded 16 x 500lb medium capacity bombs and one 4000lb high capacity bomb. On the reverse is written: 'PLEASE RETURN'.

Lancaster bomb bay
A view of the bomb bay of a Lancaster in which is loaded 12 incendiary containers and one 4000lb high capacity bomb. On the reverse is written: 'PLEASE RETURN'.

A front quarter view of a Lancaster on the ground. On the nose can be seen a tally of operations and on the rear fuselage is the aircraft's identifying letter 'L'.

A rear quarter view of an Auster in a field of long grass. On the fuselage the aircraft registration 'VW996' and identifying letter 'U' can be seen. Next to the aircraft is parked a truck with a canvass tilt on the back. Behind there are some small…

Seven aircrew
Seven airmen seated in two rows in a room.
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