Group Captain Dudley Saward graduated from the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, in 1934 with a permanent commission in the RAF. He served as a pilot on the North-West Frontier where, in 1935, he was awarded the Viceroy’s Certificate ‘for gallantry and devotion to duty’ for rescue work after the Quetta earthquake. From the outbreak of war until the end of May 1940 he served in France with an Army co-operation squadron; after the fall of the country he was promoted to Squadron Leader and served with a specialist bomber squadron whose task was the detection and destruction of the German beam-bombing system. In 1941 he was posted to the Air Ministry to work with the Telecommunications Research Establishment on radar aids for bombers. Later that year he was appointed Chief Radar Officer to the C-inC Bomber Command with the rank of Wing Commander, a post he held until the end of the war. He was promoted to Group Captain in 1943 and awarded an OBE; he was also twice Mentioned in Despatches.
Group Captain Saward held various posts in industry from 1946-1970, and was also a member of the PMG’s Television Advisory Committee from 1962-1968.