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    Default No 1 PRU 12/4/1942

    Another query arising from the Ottway book "RAF Benson"

    On the 12 April 1942 Spitfire R7036 went missing on a PRU mission to the Bremerhavenn area. The author 'believes' the pilot to have been 117461 Melville Henry Ball. However I have convincingly associated him with the loss of Magister L8174 on the same day near Montrose.


    Can anyone put a name to the pilot of R7036 please.

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    Dave,
    From unknown source: W/O R. BALL - PoW; however can't find this man in the PoW-file.
    Regards,
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    Hi Dave,

    1 PRU ORB has W/O Ball (no initials given) as failing to return from a sortie to Bremerhaven, Bremen and Wilhelmshaven. Aircraft is listed as R7036.

    I was under the impression that this was Melville Henry BALL, but as you point out the CWGC site has him buried in Montrose

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2459485

    On looking at the pilots signature the initials are possibly J.C., certainly don't look much like M.H.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
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    Gents

    Thankyou, it looks as though my original 'Ball' is correct then.

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    DaveW

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    [QUOTE=Henk Welting;54903]
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    Unknown Source is Air Britain Aeromilitaria Spring 2009 Spitfire 1 (4th Batch Part 3) Production List

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    On the assumption the chap in question was not killed, there appears to be only three W/O Ball listed as POWs. E.G., G. & T.H. The other clue to the pilots ID was his promotion from F/Sgt to W/O in Jan'42. If someone could look up an Air Force List prior to and after this date may give the identity through a process of elimination.

    Happy hunting folks!

    Pierre

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    Does anyone know how W/O G Ball #523274 was made a POW?.

    He had POW number: 270002 and his capture was announced by Air Ministry in July 1944..


    E G Ball #953396 was on Manchester L7311 lost 16th/17th August 1941 (as a Sgt)

    T.H. Ball was #518234...

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    Additional to Paul's info above I can add the following having managed to view an AFL for Apr'45.

    I can see no reference to W/O G.Ball 523274, which I find odd, so was he invalided out or repatriated prior to end of hostilities?

    For W/O T.H.Ball 518234 I see his promotion is effective 01Oct41, so allowing for a time lag in processing of paperwork, is this the promotion noted three months later in early Jan'42?

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    Pierre

    Interesting I do not suppose it gives T H. Balls' other names does it?

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    Hi Paul

    Sadly no. We really could do with AIR 81 being available!

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    Pierre

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