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Melville R Ball


Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x Kill. Completed tour of duty.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 504th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Event Location Date
Born Connecticut, USA 14 December 1919
Lived in Greenwich, CT, USA 1941
Enlisted Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, USA 13 March 1942

Bradley Field
Windsor Locks

Crashed Rice Airport, CA-62, California, USA 29 December 1943

Forced Landing due to Engine Failure 20 miles WSW of Rice AAF, CA Cat 4 damage Lt Melville R Ball, 29-Dec-43.

P-39Q 42-19946 - 504FBSq 339FBGp

Based Fowlmere 1944 – 8 January 1945

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed. Rennes, France 8 June 1944

On dive bombing mission, about to bomb trucks, salvoed bombs and engaged attacking Fw190. E/A dived into trees and exploded. Rennes Area.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 13 June 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 8 January 1945
Buried McMurray, PA, USA December 1984

Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA.

Died Pennsylvania, USA 6 December 1984