LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Harold Edward William BALL

Service No: 54166
Born: Hawthorn VIC, 10 May 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 May 1942
Unit: No. 1 Operational Base Unit, Mallacoota VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 67 Squadron Anson W2039), Gypsy Point VIC, 4 October 1943, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Bairnsdale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Hubert Harold and Alice Edith Ball, of Kew.
Roll of Honour: Kew VIC
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 4 October 1943, Anson W2093 crashed into the sea at the head of Mallacoota Inlet following a turn and stall at low altitude, killing all four crew members. The crew members of W2039 were:

Leading Aircraftman Harold Edward William Ball (54166) (Clerk, Supernumerary)
Flight Sergeant Bruce Fawkner Dufty (409097) (Wireless Operator)
Flight Sergeant Francis Mervyn Howship (410336) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Kevin Pierre Murphy (417410) (Navigator)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 75

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992