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Herman J Ball


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.



  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5906 Sondra Kay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [--E] Knettishall 16/6/43; suffered battle damaged at La Pallice, Fr. 16/9/43 with Henry Cox, Co-pilot: Albt Rubin, Navigator: Bob Leaventhal, Bombardier: Frank...

  • 42-5942 Sky Shy/ Wenatchee Special

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26 May 1943; Denver 4 June 1943; Dow Field 28 June 1943; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall as "WENATCHEE SPECIAL" 4 July 1943. (Also named "Sky Shy"). Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Pilot Myron A. Bowen; Co-pilot:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Wisconsin, USA 27 February 1906
Enlisted Milwaukee, WI, USA 2 June 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 July 1943 – 16 September 1943

17 combat missions

Died Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6NG, UK 16 September 1943

Lt. Cox, in A/C 42-5906 "Sandra Kay", crashed just south of the RAF station at Shobdon. All 10 crew members were killed.

Buried Minneapolis, MN 55450, USA 1948

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


Date Contributor Update
02 March 2020 05:04:41 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2019 17:50:17 Michelbe Changes to awards


Date Contributor Update
21 December 2017 22:38:24 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:00 AAM AAM ingest

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