640 x 923mm
oil on canvas
This image depicts the illustrious scene in which Sergeant James Allen Ward of Wanganui, performed an act of extreme bravery for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. In July 1941, Ward was second pilot on a Vickers Wellington bomber which had just finished an attack on Münster, when the crew were attacked by a German twin engined night-fighter. He volunteered to put the fire out and so proceeded to climb out onto the wing in mid-flight! He successfully extinguished the flames, enabling the bomber to return to its base in Norfolk. Sergeant Ward was killed in action later that year in September, when his Wellington bomber was hit over Hamburg. In October 1942, his brother received Victoria Cross on his behalf.
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui.