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Air Vice-Marshal P A Ward (2360105)


Peter Alexander                b:   26 Jan 1930                       r:  26 Jan 1985                        d:  20 Nov 1996

Plt IV: 12 Nov 1947, Plt Off: 25 Aug 1949, Fg Off: 25 Aug 1950, Flt Lt: 25 Feb 1953, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1959, Act Wg Cdr: 27 May 1965, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1966, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1972, Act A/Cdre: 20 Nov 1976, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1977, AVM: 1 Jul 1980.

xx xxx 1947:     U/T Pilot, ?

12 Nov 1947:    NCO Pilot

25 Aug 1949:    Appointed to a Short Service Commission (8 + 4)

xx xxx xxxx:   

1 Apr 1952:      Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flying Officer.

1952 - 65                     ?

1959                Pilot, No 83 Sqn.

27 May 1965:  Air Staff, Directorate of Flying Training.

2 Sep 1968:     Officer Commanding, No 511 Sqn. (Britannia C1)

19 Dec 1970:   Directing Staff, Joint Services Staff College/National Defence College.

 9 Jun 1972:     Group Captain - Plans, HQ Training Command.

14 Jan 1974:    Officer Commanding, RAF Brize Norton.

 5 Dec 1975:    Group Captain - Air, HQ No 38 Group.

20 Nov 1976:   SASO, HQ No 38 Group.

xx Jan 1979:     Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.

 2 Feb 1980:    Director-General of Training.

30 Jan 1982:    Deputy Chief of Staff - Operations and Intelligence, HQ AAFCE.

He was captain of one of six crews and four Vulcans from 83 Squadron which took part in Operation 'Profiteer' in June 1959.  This involved the aircraft operating from Butterworth in Malaysia having deployed there from the UK.  During this operation Flight Lieutenant Ward 's crew dropped six 1,000lb bombs, thus becoming the first crew to demonstrate that the Vulcan could operate in the conventional role.

From 1985 to 87, he was general-Manager of Bromley Health Authority and has or holds various offices in a number of other organisations. 

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