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Rollin P Ball


2LT Rollin P. Ball was Navigator on two differentt B-17s that were lost.

On 4-Mar-43 in B-17F #41-24464 "Exbalibur" 91BG/324BS while serving as Navigator the aircraft sustained damage from fighter attacks and was forced to ditch 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland. He was rescued by a Royal Navy destroyer after spending seven hours in a life raft and Returned to Duty (RTD) He was incorrectly listed on the report as 'Roland P. Ball'

Killed in Action (KIA) on 21 May 1943 in B-17F #41-24515 'Marie Jane', 91BG/324BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3458

Air Medal, Purple Heart w/ OLC



  • Allen Brill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17 41-24464 'Excalibur', 91BG/324BS while serving as Pilot. Aircraft was ditched into North Sea 40 miles west of Texel Island, Holland after repeated fighter attacks. Plane...

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 41-24464 Excalibur

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 367BS/306BG Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 13-Oct-42; transferred 324BS/91BG [DF-J] Bassingbourn 20-Feb-43; Missing in Action (MIA) 2m Hamm 4-Mar-43. Shot down by Lt Kostler (IV/NJG1) in Me 110, KO’d #1 & #3, oil pouring away before #4 was...

  • 41-24515 Marie Jane, Jersey Bounce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-H] Bangor 2-Sep-42; Bassingbourn 26-Sep-42; Missing in Action (KIA) 24+m Wilhelmshaven, Germany 21-May-43. Aircraft sustained damage from flak & enemy aircraft, crashed into the North Sea, 10KIA Missing Air Crew Report 3458 ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Talbot City, Maryland 3 April 1905
Rescued Texel, Netherlands 4 March 1943

Rescued from the North Sea by a Royal Navy destroyer when his aircraft B-17F 41-24464 was forced to ditch because of battle damage from fighter attacks.

Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 21 May 1943

Killed when his aircraft B-17F 41-24515 sustained damage from AA fire and crashed into the North Sea.

Commemorated Netherlands American Cemetery, AM Begraafplaats 1, 6269 NA Margraten 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2022 21:59:47 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Removed some punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 15:56:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations

Associated media from

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 21:37:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added note to Summary Biography concerning service on two aricraft.

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 21:08:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monumnet Commission (ABMC) records; made connections to Place and both Aircraft and both Missions within existing website data and MACR 3458; Added Rescued event and edited Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3458 / MACR 3458, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I p.87, p. 128 by Bishop and Hey / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database