BALL, Alfred Henry Wynne


rank: P/O
status: survived
airforce: RAF    (no: 33532 )
born: United Kingdom

added by: Kevin Charles

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Alfred Henry Wynne BALL DSO DFC

1 PRU 'A' and 'E' Flight pilot
542 Squadron pilot

From the 1 PRU Line Book

Sortie T756 & Freddy's Folly
Stupendous - Gigantic - Colossal - Terrific - The Super Special Story of the Year

Date: 5th Oct '41
A/C: R7033
Pilot: F/O Freddy Caterpillar Ball
Up: 1330
Down: 1355 1400
In Air!: .30
Job: Hanover etc. This column does not enter into the story.

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We were just about to pack up after lunch, when word came through there was a gap over Hanover - off I went in '33.

Climbed up through bad visibility to cloud which was at 8000 ft approx. Continued climbing in cloud on course for Clacton.

Everything was lovely and at 20000' I came out of a layer, but there was another above & I continued icing(?)
as the windscreen was iced up and finally entered upper layer. It was very bumpy in this cloud and at about 23000 ft I got a hell of a bump which sent everything haywire. Tried to keep on, but the speed went up and I started to lose height.

Eased the stick back, but that only increased the speed, so I reckoned I'd had it. The speed went up, up, up and I went down, down, down.

Thought it was a spin, so pushed the stick forward. Things started to happen as there was a certain amount of 'G' flying about. First of all I blacked out, then my straps broke, I dived through the perspex and the aircraft fell to pieces.

Unable to understand why I was in the open air and not in the a/c I remained in a sitting position with my feet and hands on imaginary controls, thinking.

Eventually decided it would a good thing to pull ripcord which was duly done and I descended more gently to mother earth.
As I was dropping I suddenly noticed that my socks, shoes my right trouser leg and left sleeve were missing.

This was rather embarrassing for I could see crowds of people of both sexes converging on my landing spot, however undaunted I pulled my shirt down into place and landed in a ploughed field. Shortly afterwards I was taken to Haymeads Hospital where I spent a very pleasant six days before returning to Benson.


Squadrons add
RAF 1 PRU 1941-06-16
RAF 542 1944-03-24


P9550 A Flight 1941-06-16
R6900 A Flight 1941-06-20
X4499 A Flight 1941-06-24
X4502 A Flight 1941-07-02
X4494 E Flight 1941-07-11
R7033 A Flight 1941-08-28
R7035 A Flight 1941-09-04
R7040 A Flight 1941-09-17
P9385 A Flight 1941-11-01
N3241 A Flight 1941-11-17
AA792 A Flight 1941-11-20
N3111 A Flight 1941-11-23
PA948 542 1944-03-24
PA941 542 1944-04-11
PL785 542 1944-04-24
EN652 542 1944-05-11
RM628 542 1944-05-24
EN682 542 1944-06-05
RM638 542 1944-06-06
RM636 542 1944-06-12
RM634 542 1944-07-06
PA945 542 1944-08-15


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