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Robert John Ball
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1924
Death: May 26, 1995

Nose Gunner S/Sgt. Robert John Ball RTD
Hometown Willow Grove, PA
565th Squadron, 389th Bomber Group,
Pilot 1st Lt Raymond E. Price KIA

Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 11106
Date Lost: 25-Dec-44
Serial Number: 42-50612
Aircraft Model B-24J-1-FO
Aircraft Letter: ?
Aircraft Name: KING SIZE
Location: near Prum
Cause: German Fighters 7 KIA, 2 RTD

The 389th bomb group loses three aircraft on Christmas Day

Group Missing Aircrew Report
"After dropping our bombs, we were hit by approximately fifteen (15) fighters, and the aircraft then went into a spin. The pilot was able to get the aircraft under control at about 15000 feet. At that time, the aircraft was on fire and the engines were running away. We were then hit by fighters again. The plane was still under partial control, and we were heading back to Germany alone. We then bailed out through the nose door. We saw the aircraft blow up at about 1000 feet and no other chutes were observed."
Signed by Peter F Ferdinand, Jr and Robert J Ball, Jr.
December 29, 1944

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Ludmilla S Ball (1925 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: SFC, US Army, World War II, Korea
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 17 Site 278
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 318814
Robert John Ball
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Robert John Ball
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