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James Keith Ward

Portrait of James Keith (Joe) Ward, 2 November 1942. Image kindly provided by James McMillan (July 2020). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of James Keith (Joe) Ward, 2 November 1942. Image kindly provided by James McMillan (July 2 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Keith AWMM
  • Surname
    Ward AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Joe AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ404006 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

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  • James Keith (Joe) Ward joined the RNZAF on 26 October 1940 and trained as a pilot in New Zealand. He was commissioned in April 1941 and joined No. 3 (GR) Squadron.

    Joe remained with No. 3 (GR) Squadron until he was posted to No. 9 (GR) Squadron at Plaines de Gaiacs, New Caledonia in September 1942. Joe returned to New Zealand in December 1942 following an aircraft crash and served the following year as an instructor at 2 EFTS Ashburton and with the Air Training Corps Touring Flight.

    In February 1944, Joe joined No. 3 (BR) Squadron as an operations officer and served overseas with the squadron in the New Hebrides, Solomons and Bismarcks. Following the tour, Joe was released from the RNZAF by arrangement on 12 February 1945.

    After the war, Joe served as an air traffic controller and civil aviation administrator until his retirement in 1983. As part of Joe's air traffic control duties, Joe was a member of the Territorial Air Force and was senior air traffic control officer at RNZAF station Ohakea between 1963 - 1965 (holding the rank of squadron leader). AWMM
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  • Death
    5 October 2001 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
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    North Shore Memorial Park, North Shore, Auckland AWMM Ash AWMM
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