BUD WARD
TAIL GUNNER IN "Q" FOR QUEENIE
460 SQUADRON RAAF

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Subject:    460 Sqn
Date:             Tue, 3 Aug 1999 12:13:55 -0700 (PDT)
From:           Gregory Kopchuk <gkopchuk@yahoo.com>

Mr. Peter Dunn,

Funny I should run across your website today. On the weekend I interviewed a tailgunner who served in 460 Squadron. His name is Bud Ward and he was shot down on 4 Sep 43 over a raid to Berlin. He has a shot of several members of 460 Squadron in front of a lanc "Q" for Queenie, which is the lanc he was shot down in. I will scan it in and e-mail it to you.

Check out my website at http://429sqn.webjump.com . The dedication page is about my uncle who served in 429 sqn.

Best of success

Greg Kopchuk

 


 

Subject:    460 Sqn
Date:             Wed, 4 Aug 1999 06:39:44 -0700 (PDT)
From:           Gregory Kopchuk <gkopchuk@yahoo.com>

Gidday Peter,

The website I saw was the one on 460 Squadron you have.  I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have been going around and interviewing RCAF vets, trying to gather details of operational life that are not documented anywhere. Plus get as much technical details about the aircrews jobs and the aircraft.

Eg. Were you aware that it was the tailgunners job to calculate drift for the navigator? Bud Ward explained to me how they did it. Quite interesting stuff.

To date I have interviewed 3 tail gunners and 1 bomb aimer. I am interviewing a Halifax pilot this weekend. I have been invited to speak about my research at the Ex-POW RCAF Association monthly luncheon in Sept. I am quite excited about it.

I am in the process of transcribing the interviews and will eventually put them up at my website. Everyone asks me if I am writing a book. Perhaps I should.

Best of Success

Greg Kopchuk

 


 

Subject:   460 sqn photos
Date:           Tue, 17 Aug 1999 20:49:51 -0700 (PDT)
From:          Gregory Kopchuk <gkopchuk@yahoo.com>

Peter,

Here are some photos of 460 Squadron provided by Bud Ward. He was the only RCAF type in a crew of Aussies.

I have added a link from my website to yours.

http://429sqn.webjump.com

Best of success

Greg Kopchuk

Bud’s crew 20 OTU Elgin Scotland winter 1942/43

Left to right: Unknown instructor from OUT, Norman Conway (N), Harry 'Bud' Ward (AG), Lindsay Greenaway (BA), Francis Randall (P), Harry Petersen (WOP) (short fellow in front - they used to tease him about his height)

Bud’s crew 20 OTU Elgin Scotland winter 1942/43

L to R: backrow: Greenaway, Randall, Petersen
Front row: Ward, Conway

An original Lancaster with manchester body: W8263 AR-M ‘Mother’. Bud's crew took this one to Hamburg on their third op. RAF ground crew l to r: LAC Simpson, LAC Harvey, LAC Graham

Taken at Binbrook Lincs, 460 Squadron

460 Squadron photo with AR-Q ‘Queenie’ W4988 lost on op to Berlin 3 / 4 Sep 43 crashed in Larod Sweden. Bud's crew was in Queenie when it was shot down. Petersen was sick for that op and Sgt. Allen O'Brien replaced him.

 

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