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 Robert J. Balling

Robert J. Balling

Death 1944 (aged 22–23)
Burial Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 19617683 · View Source
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447th BS War Diary: Mission to-day was over the Ostiglia Railroad Bridge. 11 of our
ships took part in the raid. The formation was met by intense and very accurate anti-
aircraft fire. Lt Gordon Ramey’s plane was severely damaged and made a crash landing
near Pisa, Italy. Lt Ramey, Lt Albert K. Condit, Lt Edmond E. Bardy Jr., and Cpl Robert
Kipp were killed. S/Sgt Harold W. Scarberry jumped behind the enemy lines and has not
been heard from. It is reported that his chute opened. B/O Lester Volkmann was taken
from the crashed plane and rushed to the hospital in a serious condition. T/Sgt Alvin L.
Simberg jumped from the plane just before the crash, his chute opened jus in time and he
escaped with minor injuries. He is now in a hospital in Italy recovering from shock.
S/Sgt Vincent A. Mango received a slight flak wound in the foot and is now recovering in
the 15th Fld Hosp. He was flying with Captain Wiginton. T/Sgt Robert J. Balling
received a very serious flak wound in his side. He was taken to the 40th Sta Hosp after
his plane landed with a flat tire at the 34th Field. The mission was led by Captain
Wiginton and recorded 100% bombing accuracy. The following Officers and Enlisted
Men returned for duty from Capri Rest Camp: Lt George J. Schweda, F/O Donald W.
Gies, T/Sgt Edward G. Holm, Sgt Joseph A. Jenutis Jr.

Balling, Robert J., T/Sgt, radio-gunner Gies, Donald W., F/O, pilot

Holm, Edward G., T/Sgt, engineering Jenutis, Joseph A., Jr., Sgt, engineering

Mango, Vincent A., S/Sgt, aerial gunner Schweda, George J., 1Lt, pilot

Wiginton, J. Maurice "Wig", Capt, pilot


Source: 12th Air Force, 57th Bombardment Wing

321st Bombardment Group

History: November 1944

The following is a compilation of the 321st Bomb Group’s individual Squadron War
Diaries. They have been transcribed word for word, from the Squadron Histories
provided by the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA), Maxwell Air Force
Base Alabama




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  • Added: 30 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19617683
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert J. Balling (1921–1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19617683, citing United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Donna Ruhland Bonning (contributor 46786861) .