There is one Englishman who has a very special place in the hearts of people of Warsaw. John Ward John Ward was born in 1921 in the outskirts of Birmingham and joined the RAF in 1937. He was trained as a wireless operator. JohnWard 3 His aeroplane was shot down in the early stages of the war and he was placed in a POW camp near the city of Poznan in Poland. For some reason he was not very keen to be a Third Reich guest and escaped in April 1941. Outside the camp he quickly joined the Polish resistance and was tasked to establish communication between the underground Polish state and the British government. Despite many reports from Polish couriers nobody in the western countries took seriously the information about the Holocaust. It was Ward’s reports that confirmed the civilians mass killing which western governments took really seriously. He prepared 64 eyewitness relations and became war correspondent for the Times. He was also broadcasting the English language auditions of the clandestine radio station ‘Blyskawica’ (pol lightning). During Warsaw rising Flight Lieutenant Ward was wounded. For his contribution during these 63 days he was awarded with the Polish Cross of Valour. He fought in Poland until May 1945 when he revealed himself to the Red Army and soon after came back home. John Ward was speaking fluent Polish language, he wore a  red and white armband and an eagle on his cap just like the other members of the Polish Home Army. When wounded in his leg he was off his duties just for two days and then came back to the front line. We don’t know how important Ward’s reports were but before the end of Warsaw rising help was more frequent, better organised and structured. Many facts about John Ward and his time in Poland are unknown. He was a quiet man who kept his memories to himself. So, if you are British and for any reason you will decide to wear a Polish Home Army anchor remember that you have every right to do this. Just never forget to whose commemoration you will be doing this for: Flight Lieutenant John Ward. Links John ward 2John Ward 1