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Jerome J Ballard

Military

Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Failed to Return (FTR) sweep to Bremen, whilst strafing Kaltenkirchen aerodrome in P-51 'Pedunk' 44-14647, hit by flak in coolant system, abandoned A/C, chute streaming but not inflating due to the low altitude. Chute became entangled in tree tops saving his life. 20-Mar-45.
Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 13186.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 44-14647 'Pedunk'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) sweep to Bremen, whilst strafing Kaltenkirchen aerodrome, hit by flak in coolant system, pilot 1st Lt Jerome J Ballard abandoned A/C, chute streaming but not inflating due to the low altitude....

  • 43-24804 'Miss Priss'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 504FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt James M McLure. Crash landed Belgium 3-Oct-44. Pilot Lt Jerome J Ballard EVD.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Michigan, USA 24 March 1924
Lived in Detroit, MI, USA 1941
Enlisted Detroit, MI, USA 30 November 1942
Crashed Marianna Municipal Airport (MAI), 3689 Industrial Park Dr, Marianna, FL 32446, USA 16 March 1944

Landing Accident Aux Field 3, Marianna AAF, FL Cat 3 damage Lt Jerome J Ballard, 16-Mar-44.

P-40N 43-23998 - 691SEFTS

Based Fowlmere 31 July 1944 – 20 March 1945

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

Crash landed Belgium 3 October 1944

Crash landed in P-51B 43-24804 "Miss Priss" Belgium 3-Oct-44. EVD.

Promotion Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 28 October 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Germany 18 March 1945

Fw190 destroyed. Germany.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 20 March 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Baled out 24568 Kaltenkirchen, Germany 20 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) sweep to Bremen, whilst strafing Kaltenkirchen aerodrome in P-51 'Pedunk' 44-14647, hit by flak in coolant system, abandoned A/C, chute streaming but not inflating due to the low altitude. Chute became entangled in tree tops saving his life. 20-Mar-45. POW. MACR 13186.

Buried Pompano Beach, FL, USA November 1991

Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens North
Pompano Beach
Broward County
Florida, USA

Died Broward County, FL, USA 2 November 1991

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 09:19:15 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 13186;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2016 16:42:31 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Ballard
https://www.fold3.com/page/84481981_jerome_j%20ballard/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Ballard%2C+Jerome...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Ballard&GSfn=Jerom...

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2016 13:55:14 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=43-24804&Submit=S...
https://www.fold3.com/page/84481981_jerome_j%20ballard/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Ballard%2C+Jerome...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?
page=gr&GSln=Ballard&GSfn=Jerome&GSmn=J&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=115282648&df=all&

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:29:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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