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1Lt Paul Gocht Ballard

1Lt Paul Gocht Ballard

New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 17 Feb 1945 (aged 25)
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot Section E Row 31 Grave 38
Memorial ID 56652435 · View Source
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Son of Harold and Ella Ballard.

Husband of Margaret Burnham Ballard whom he married on January 11, 1940 in Bridgewater, Oneida, New York.

Paul served as a First Lieutenant & Bombardier on B-17G #44-8437, 563rd Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Madison County, New York prior to the war.

Paul was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was shot down by German flak and crashed near Prum, Germany during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # O1323227

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


Airmen who perished on B-17G #44-8437:

Ballard, Paul G ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, New York
Gardner, John K ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, New Jersey
Gladstone, Robert ~ Capt, Pilot, Massachusetts
Goldstein, Charles B ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, D.C.
Grady, John E ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Missouri
Hamilton, Clayton E ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Arkansas
Hausladen, Kenneth L ~ Sgt, Radar Operator, California
Murphy, Robert E ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, New York
Prokop, Joseph E ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, Pennsylvania

Airmen who survived from B-17G #44-8437:

Pitts, William A ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner

( Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )


Enlisted, September 23, 1940, in Machine Gun Troop, 101st Cavalry ( Squadron A ) Regiment, NYNG, New York City. The 101st Cavalry was federalized, January 27, 1941, for what was to be one year of service.

The 101st Cavalry was assigned to Fort Devens, MA, for training. In the fall of 1941 the Regiment took part in the Carolina Maneuvers. On the return convoy back to Fort Devens, December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked and no one was going home in one year.

He attend, OCS, and was appointed, 2nd Lieutenant, July 29, 1943, US Army Air Force. After additional training he shipped out for Europe in July 1944. In December 1944 shortly before Christmas, his plane was damage by antiaircraft fire but made a safe landing in Belgium. He enjoyed the holiday in Brussels.

He was killed in action, February 17, 1945, on a mission over Germany

Person notified of death: Harold M. Ballard ( father ), Brookhaven, Long Island, NY

Rome Sentinel, Rome, NY Feb. 25, 1946, officially declared dead
Patchogue Advance, March 4, 1945, reported missing in action

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  • Maintained by: squadron a association
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56652435
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Paul Gocht Ballard (27 Feb 1919–17 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56652435, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by squadron a association (contributor 48454800) .