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Roy N Ball

Military

Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #423333 'Purgatory Pete. ' Returned to base. Shot down 16 November 1943 in B-17 #4230455 'Schifliss Skunk. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Staff Sergeant Roy N. Ball was born on October 23, 1921. His next of kin were his parents, John and Elva Ball. His hometown was Rantoul, Kansas.
On November 16, 1943, his B-17, nicknamed “Schifliss Skunk,” tail #42-30455, of the 390th Bomb Group, 569th Bomb Squadron, was shot down by German aircraft on return from a mission to the Heavy Water plant at Rjukan, Norway. The B-17 went down in the North Sea off Varhoug, Norway.
There were no survivors from the crew, and the remains of SSGT Ball were never recovered.

Service

Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30455 Schifless Skunk

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/6/43; Kearney 14/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-R] Framlingham 6/8/43; Missing in Action Knaben (Rjukan) 16/11/43 with Ray Becker, Co-pilot: Bob Stuart, Navigator: Ben Myers, Bombardier: Tony Moyto...

  • 42-3333

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/5/43; Dow Fd 12/7/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-O] Framlingham 14/7/43; 3m, Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Ray Becker, Co-pilot: Dave Schlegell, Navigator: Bill Conner, Bombardier: Bill Burke, Flight engineer/top turret...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas, USA 23 October 1921

Staff Sergeant Roy N. Ball was born on October 23, 1921. His next of kin were his parents, John and Elva Ball. His hometown was Rantoul, Kansas.

Returned (RTD) Mediterranean Sea 17 August 1943
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 16 November 1943
Died 16 November 1943

On November 16, 1943, his B-17, nicknamed “Schifliss Skunk,” tail #42-30455, of the 390th Bomb Group, 569th Bomb Squadron, was shot down by German aircraft on return from a mission to the Heavy Water plant at Rjukan, Norway. The B-17 went down in the North Sea off Varhoug, Norway.
There were no survivors from the crew, and the remains of SSGT Ball were never recovered.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2015 01:46:40 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1400 / MACR 389 / MACR 389; MACR 1400, Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 374 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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