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    Default F/O NICHOL & W/O BALL lost 7 December 1943

    Hi guys

    47 Squadron ORB states that F/O Nichol and his navigator W/O Ball arrived on the Squadron on 6 December 1943, and failed to return from an operation on the next day, 7 December.

    No initials, no forenames, no service numbers. I can't find them on CWGC so presumably POWs.

    Any ideas?

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    Hi Brian

    No-one fitting these two listed in Stubbs' 'Unsung Heroes of the RAF' so not PoWs

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm

    Thanks for your response.

    However, they were lost in the Aegean so may have been POWs.

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    Hi Brian

    I didn't engage brain I was thinking Far East - sorry

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    Some possibilities

    C W Nichol 134092
    D Nichol 122549
    G Ball 523274
    G E Ball 39842
    G F Ball 89401

    All at Stalag Luft 3

    And T H Ball 518234 at Kopernikus

    Ian

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    Thanks Ian

    I assume Kopernikus was a Greek POW camp? If so, then Ball would seem a strong candidate.

    How do we find out more about the Nichol possibilities?

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    Hello,

    Eliminate:

    134092 F/L Cyril William NICHOL - PoW 22/23-3-44 514 Sqn Lancaster II DS815 - BCL5/126 & 566.

    and...

    89401 F/L Geoffrey Francis Ball - PoW 19-8-43 182 Sqn Typhoon JP400 - FCL2/117

    and...

    39842 F/L George Eric BALL DFC - PoW 12-4-41 73 Sqn Hurricane V7716 - Hurricanes Over Tobruk/by some bloke called Cull (& Don Minterne). pp.106-9 & 111.

    Kopernikus = Stalag 357 - POLAND.

    Col.
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    Hello

    I have Dennis Nichol 928466/122549 and Ball in Beaufighter LX898 W. The 47 Sqn ORB Form 540 has:

    Three Beaufighters led by S/Ldr. Filson-Young took off on a shipping sweep from Kos to Samos. Two E-boats were sighted and attack was made against intense accurate light flak. Strikes were observed on both the E-boats. [Beaufighter] “X” cannons would not fire, and it sustained hits in the port wing and fuselage. After the attack aircraft “W” piloted by F/O Nichol and navigated by W/O Ball called up that [port] engine was hit and there was no oil pressure. S/Ldr. Filson-Young repeatedly endeavoured to regain contact with “W” on V.H.F., but nothing further was heard. Aircraft “W” was last seen at 17.25 hours, in failing light, just passing over Trageia [Tragea, Naxos].

    The Newcastle Journal of February 22nd 1944 reported the following:

    Flying Officer D. Nichol (24), R.A.F., son of Mrs. E. Nichol, of Uplands Road, Darlington, and nephew of Alderman R. Nichol, of Darlington, is reported a prisoner of war in Germany. He was mentioned in despatches in 1942 and was reported missing last December in the Aegean operations.

    With regards to his M.i.D. the same newspaper reported this on June 15th 1942:

    North Pilot Hit Prinz Eugen

    The distinction of having secured a direct hit with a torpedo on the German cruiser Prinz Eugen when she was sighted at Trondheim Fjord on May 16 belongs to Pilot Officer Dennis Nichol, son of the late Mr. Ernest Nichol and Mrs. Nichol, of Duke Street, Darlington, and a nephew of Alderman R. Nichol, a former Mayor of Darlington.
    Pilot Officer Nichol, who was a sergeant-pilot at the time of the action, piloted one of the many planes which dived in to attack Prinz Eugen. In face of heavy flak he flew in straight for the ship, launched a torpedo and made a getaway. It was not until later that his Wing Commander informed him that his torpedo had struck the Prinz Eugen well and truly.
    Pilot Officer Nichol’s mother is engaged as investigating officer under the Ministry of Labour at Darlington.

    and again on March 15th 1943:

    “In Despatches”
    Nephew of Alderman R. Nichol, who was mayor of Darlington in 1922, Flying Officer Dennis Nichol, son of Mrs. Nichol, of Duke Street, Darlington, has been mentioned in despatches.
    He scored a direct hit with a torpedo on the German cruiser Prinz Eugen in Trondheim Fiord in May last year.

    See: http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/03961.php

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi

    The Nav on LX898 was 523274, Gerald BALL - and this was the second occasion in which he had fallen into enemy hands.

    Ball had, in May 1941, been the Nav of Beaufighter T3229 of 252 Squadron which had gone seriously astray during that squadron's transit to the Middle East. The aircraft, en route to Gibraltar, was landed, out of fuel, at Casablanca where it was interned by the Vichy French and later passed to the Germans for evaluation at Rechlin. Ball and his pilot, Sub Lt. (A) Richard Donald Buchanan Hopkins, were both interned in French North Africa until liberation in November '42.

    Niall

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