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Personnel

Lt

Howard G. BALL

Army Serial Number: O-734297
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 351st Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Bombardier
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 03025
CR: 03025
Comments: 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LANDED IN DENMARK)

Media Articles

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Howard Ball, James Scott July 10 1943 mission and reunionPrintWausau Daily Herald June 4 198312:00 am

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW
1ST LT DONALD K. OAKES
ORGINAL 100TH PILOT

CREW #19 A/C #42-30080 "HIGH LIFE"

1ST LT DONALD K. OAKES P: INT 17 AUG 43 REGENSBURG
F/O JOSEPH C. HARPER CP: INT " " "
2ND LT HIRAM E. HARRIS, JR. NAV: INT " " "
2ND LT HOWARD G. BALL BOM: POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (WITH GOSSAGE CREW)
T/SGT GEORGE W. ELDER TTE: INT " " "
S/SGT NOLAN D. STEVENS WG: INT " " "
T/SGT JAMES P. SCOTT ROG: INT " " "
S/SGT LESLIE D. NADEAU BTG: INT " " "
S/SGT LEONARD P. GOYER TG: INT " " "
CPL VINCENT E. McGRATH WG: INT " " "

HOWARD BALL'S PLACE ON CREW #19 WAS TAKEN BY 2ND LT LLOYD A. HAMMARLUND WHO WAS INTERNED WITH THE OTHERS.

THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST AMERICAN BOMBER TO LAND IN SWITZERLAND. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY OTHERS BEFORE THE WAR'S END.

LT OAKES STATEMENT FOLLOWS; "SOME TIME BEFORE REACHING THE TARGET A 20-MM SHELL EXPLODED IN THE NO #3 NACELLE, CUTTING THE THROTTLE CABLE AND STARTING A HEAVY OIL LEAK. I THEN FEATHERED THE PROP. THE BTG ADVISED ME THERE WAS A HEAVY OIL LEAK IN THE NO #2 ENGINE. THE PLANE COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH THE FORMATION AND I LANDED AT THE NEAREST FIELD, WHEELS UP, ON THE BELLY. WE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO BURN THE PLANE AS IT WAS IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDED BY SOLDIERS. MYSELF AND THE REST OF THE CREW WERE INTERNED."

CREW

1ST LT JOHN G. GOSSAGE P POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK) SEE NOTE
2ND LT BERTRAND D. McNEILL CP POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
F/O EDWARD A. WARNER NAV POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
1ST LT HOWARD G. BALL BOM POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
T/SGT MICHAEL G. POLANICK ROG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
T/SGT ARTHUR A. COOPER TTE POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT THOMAS R. WOODERSON BTG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT JAMES W. GREGG RWG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT DONALD B. SACKRIDER LWG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)
S/SGT ARTHUR V.R. CONGROVE TG POW 3 MAR 44 BERLIN (LNDED IN DENMARK)

MACR #3025, Microfiche #1023
A/C #42-38017 "ONE MISSION LULU"
349th Sqdn..
Lt Howard Ball was from the "Original " crew of Donald Oakes and was wounded on 10 Jul 1943 Le Bourget. He had been hospitalized for a considerable peroid.

On 3 Mar 44 this crew was flying in the #2 position of the lead element to the lead squadron. There was a tremendous cloud build up and as the lead element entered the cloud some following ships believed they saw an explosion as if a collision had occured. Later a VHF was heard from Gossage saying he intended to try for Sweden. Acutally, he landed the plane on a Schlewig airfield (Denmark) thinking he was in Sweden. This probably gave the Germans their first intact B-17 which they later operated.

MIke Polanick had gone overseas with the 100th Group ground echelon then volunteered for aerial gunnery; Thomas Wooderson also had been a member of the ground crew when the 100th went overseas.
Memo 2:
Original 100th, Crew #19.  Wounded 10 Jul 43 on mission to Le Bourget.  On March 3, 1944,Landed in Denmark due to FLAK Damage

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Berlin
Aircraft:
"One Mission LuLu" (42-38017)
Date:
1944-03-03
Cause:
FLAK

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt GOSSAGE, John G. P POW
Lt BALL, Howard G. BOM POW
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt OAKES, Donald K. P INT
F/O HARPER, Joseph C. CP INT
Lt HARRIS, Hiram E. NAV INT
Lt BALL, Howard G. BOM POW
Lt HAMMARLUND, Lloyd A. BOM INT
T/Sgt ELDER, George W. TTE INT
T/Sgt SCOTT, James P. ROG INT
S/Sgt NADEAU, Leslie D. BTG INT
S/Sgt MCGRATH, Vincent E. WG INT
S/Sgt STEVENS, Nolan D. WG INT
S/Sgt GOYER, Leonard P. TG INT