Frank Ball, Rear and Mid Upper Gunner – Megson crew

I was put in contact with David , by Kevin, before Christmas after his Father, Frank Ball sadly passed away. After putting together a crew list and Op history, I thought I would post it, partly to put some  information out into the blogosphere regarding the Megson crew and as a tribute to Frank, but also because Bill Lake, Wireless Operator with my Father’s first tour (Mayfield) crew also flew with Frank and the boys on their 2nd Op to Coutrai on the 26th March 1944.

The Megson crew arrived on base on the 23rd March 1944 from No.31 Base.

25.3.44. War Ops – Attack against Targets at Aulneye
Stirling Mk.III LK396
F/S Colin Arthur Megson RNZAF NZ416519. Pilot
F/O  Stanley Pawson Walton, DFC, RAFVR 152400. Navigator
F/S Albert William Fagg RNZAF NZ428235. Air Bomber
Sgt. T. Hamilton RAFVR. Wireless Operator
Sgt. J. Overfield–Collins RAFVR. Flight Engineer
F/S  Thomas Edward Rowe RNZAF NZ40437. Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. Frank Ball RAFVR. Rear Gunner

26.3.44. War Ops – Attack against Targets at Courtrai
Stirling Mk.III LK396
T. Hamilton replaced by Bill Lake as Wireless Operator.( Bill had arrived in my fathers crew after his and Tom Darbyshire’s Pilot was killed on a 2nd Dickie op. When the Mayfield crew were screened early, Bill and Tom had to continue flying with the Squadron)

30.3.44. Gardening Ops – Mining off Le Havre
Stirling Mk.III LK378
Ralph Barker replaces Bill Lake as Wireless Operator.

27.4.44. War Ops – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O
T. Hamilton returns to crew as Wireless Operator.
Mid Upper Gunner Tom Rowe and rear Gunner Frank Ball swap positions.

1.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Chambly
Lancaster Mk.III ND908 JN_M
Same crew

7.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome
Lancaster Mk.III ND804 AA-K
Same crew

9.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Lancaster Mk.I LL942 JN-C
Same crew

10.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Courtrai
Lancater Mk.III ND802 JN-D
Same crew

19.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Le Mans
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

21.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Duisberg
Lancaster Mk.III  ND801 JN-X
Same crew

24.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Boulogne
Lancaster Mk.III HK554 JN-F(?)
Same crew

27.5.44. War Ops – Attack Against Aachen
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

28.5.44.War Ops – Attack Against Angers
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

5.6.44. War Ops – Attack Against Ouistreham
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

6.6.44. War Ops – Attack Against Lisieux
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

8.6.44. War Ops – Attack Against Fougeres
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

10.6.44. War Ops – Attack Against Dreux
Lancaster Mk.III  ND911 JN-V
Eldrid O’Callaghan joins crew as 2nd Pilot
Same crew

12.6.44. War Ops – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

14.6.44. War Ops – Attack against Le Havre
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same Crew

15.6.44. War Ops – Attack Against Valenciennes
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

21.6.44. War Ops – Domleger
Lancaster Mk.III ME148
Same crew

24.6.44. War Ops –  Attack Against Rimeux
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

7.7.44. War Ops – Attack Against Vaires
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

9.7.44. War Ops – Attack Against Linzeux
Lancaster Mk.III  ND801 JN-X
Same crew

10.7.44. War Ops – Attack Against Nucourt
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

15.7.44. War Ops – Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

18.7.44. War Ops –  Attack Against Aulnoye
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

20.7.44. War Ops – Attack Against Homberg
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

22.7.44. Gardening Ops – Minelayng in the Kattegat Area
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

23.7.44. War Ops – Attack Against Kiel
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

25.7.44. War Ops –  Attack against Stuttgart
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X
Same crew

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