Herman J Ball

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A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5906) nicknamed "Sandra Kay". Printed caption on reverse: '61482 AC- Crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Sandra Kay". England, 11 August 1943. Front row, left to right: T/Sgt Herman J Ball, Milwaukee, Wisc; S/Sgt George R Martin, New Albany, Ind; S/Sgt Joshua M Lewis, Cumberland, Md; S/Sgt Otto V Kloza, Milwaukee, Wisc; T/Sgt Paul D Gomis, Reading, Penn; S/Sgt Fran

Object Number - FRE 1503 - A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5906) nicknamed "Sandra Kay". Printed caption on reverse:...

Killed on mission in returning from mission to Bordeaux and La Pallice on B-17 #42-5906 'Sondra Kay'. Rain squalls dispersed the 388th BG. AC crashed at Pembridge south of RAF Shobdon.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

A bomber crew of the 388th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5906) nicknamed "Sandra Kay". Printed caption on reverse: '61482 AC- Crew of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Sandra Kay". England, 11 August 1943. Front row, left to right: T/Sgt Herman J Ball, Milwaukee, Wisc; S/Sgt George R Martin, New Albany, Ind; S/Sgt Joshua M Lewis, Cumberland, Md; S/Sgt Otto V Kloza, Milwaukee, Wisc; T/Sgt Paul D Gomis, Reading, Penn; S/Sgt Fran
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-794117
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Sondra Kay
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Sky Shy/ Wenatchee Special
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 563rd Bomb Squadron

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Event Location Date Description

Died

Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6NG, UK 1943-09-16 Lt. Cox, in A/C 42-5906 "Sandra Kay", crashed just south of the RAF station at Shobdon. All 10 crew members were killed.

Born

Wisconsin, USA 1906-02-27

Enlisted

Milwaukee, WI, USA 1942-06-02

Other

388th BG Combat Tour

Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 1943-07-17 - 1943-09-16 17 combat missions

Buried

Minneapolis, MN 55450, USA Fort Snelling National Cemetery • Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA Plot C-25, 0, 14177

Revisions

Date2 Mar 2020 05:04:41
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date9 Dec 2019 17:50:17
ContributorMichelbe
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Michel Beckers WW2CRASHSITERESEARCH

Date27 Sep 2014 18:13:00
ContributorAAM
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 363, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 285 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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