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William Arthur Coleman Ball

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Arthur Coleman AWMM
  • Surname
    Ball AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ39786 AWMM
    • WWII 39786 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 September 1916 RNZAF Biographies (R17845607) Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mother: Mrs W. Herbert, 70 Ava Street, Petone AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Europe (Air Force) AWMM
    • Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ39786 AWMM
    • WWII 39786 AWMM
  • Military service
    • 38 Squadron (RAF) 156 Squadron(RAF) Public - Richard John - Other Relative - 12 May 2015 - "By Such Deeds"C M Hanson
    • 83 sorties from Malta & North Africa, 18 sorties with pathfinder force of 156Sq. Public - Richard John - Other Relative - 12 May 2015 - "By Such Deeds" C M Hanson
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • This officer has completed operational flights over many heavily defended targets in Greece,Libya,Italy, & Germany. He took part in the 1000 bomber raids on Cologne and the Rhur. On all occasions he displayed navigational ability of a very high standard, and it has been due to his skill and devotion that his many and varied missions have been successfully completed. (DFC citation) Public - Richard John - Other Relative - 12 May 2015 - "By Such Deeds" C M Hanson & Air Ministry Bulletin 9511

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    • Accountant/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
    • Instructor/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
    • Air Observer/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of William Coleman Ball and Winnie Ball

      Attended Nelson College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
    • The son of WC & W Ball, Bill was born in Palmerston North on September 14 1916. He attended Featherston District High School & Nelson College where he was a house prefect & played in the 2nd rugby 15 & the 2nd cricket eleven. in 1934 he commenced work with T & G Mutual Life Assurance Society in Wellington Public - Richard John - Other Relative - 12 May 2015 - Family history research
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    8 March 1943 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    AnnweilerGermany AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany AWMM 18 C 1 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM

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12 May 2015Richard John Lower Hutt New ZealandOther Relative

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