Sergeant Ward - Fighter of Fascists & Fires (13,000ft AMSL)


July the 7th 1941 and co-pilot Sergeant James Allen Ward and his crew are returning from a bombing run over Münster Germany when out of the darkness a fascist BF110 Night Fighter opens up on the Bomber crew. 

The enemy plane was quickly dispatched by the tail gunner, however it managed to score hits with cannon-shell and incendiary bullets, injuring the tail gunner and splitting a fuel pipe on the starboard wing, which instantly caught fire. With the flames taking hold and spreading at an alarming rate it was looking fairly certain that the men would all have to take a giant bite of the shit sandwich and abandon the aircraft.

The Co-pilot from New Zealand however wasn’t a massive fan of sandwiches and had a better idea. An idea that would lead the graciously pleased King of the United Kingdom to award him the Victoria Cross.

After all efforts to put the fire out were exhausted Sergeant Ward volunteered to climb out of the plane, which at the time was at a height of 13,000ft, and put the fire out with a small piece of canvas. After being persuaded by his crew to wear a parachute the lunatic exited from a top hatch in the plane and into the 120(+) mph winds. Using a fire axe to break holes into the fuselage he gained a foothold and began his ambitious climb across the wing using this same method.

Narrowly avoiding been blown off by the slip stream created by the propeller he reached the flames and amazingly succeeded in putting them out. Unfortunately the first selfie stick would not be invented for around 70 years so he had to make the perilous journey back across the wing and into the safety of the plane without any sick pictures to post on Instagram. The rest of his crew however were no doubt very happy they weren’t having to parachute into NAZI held Europe 3 years prior to the D-Day landings.

What makes this story even more amazing, and something that was never mentioned in his VC winning citation is the extra difficulty sergeant Ward must have had to overcome due to the extra drag from his giant balls.

Sergeant James Allen Ward was just 22 years old at the time.