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Gus J Ball Jr


On return from mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G 42-39889 ran off the end of the runway due to battle damage. RTD.

Fell out of formation due to flak damage and eventually crashed S of Kirchdorf on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-31555. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31555

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Oklahoma City 24/12/43; Kearney 8/1/44; Presque Is 17/1/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton 31/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Bill Hendrickson, Navigator: Harry Wolodka, Bombardier: Jim Moore,...

  • 42-39889

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/9/43; Gr Island 20/10/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-K] Kimbolton 22/11/43; Waggum 30/1/44 with Bill Hendrickson, Co-pilot: John Moore, Navigator: Harry Wolodka, Bombardier: Jim Moore, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gus Ball,...


Event Location Date
Born Victoria, Texas
Prisoner of war 6 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:42 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2909, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces