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Surname BALL   Initials W A C   First Name WILLIAM ARTHUR COLEMAN  
Decorations DFC MID  
Rank Squadron Leader   Unit RNZAF   Service No. NZ39786  
Age 26  Deceased 9/03/1943  Previous Squadron  
Comments 20/12/42 - P/O L.C. GOODLEY and crew arrive on station  
Address New Zealand  
Cemetery RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERYKamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany  
Grave Location 18. C. 1.  
Additional Info Son of William Coleman Ball and Winnie Ball.  
War Graves Link 2042320  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  9/03/1943  BALL, William Arthur Coleman, F/L (NZ 39786, Royal New Zealand Air Force) - No.156 Squadron.

Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943.
Following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 9511.

This officer has completed operational flights over many heavily defended enemy targets in Greece, Libya, Italy and Germany. He took part in the "1,000 Bomber Raids" on Cologne and the Ruhr. On all occasions he has displayed navigational ability of a very high standard and it has been due to his skill and devotion to duty that his many and varied missions have been successfully completed.

Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  3/12/1942  F/LT BALL reported for duty. 
LG 35936  9/03/1943  DFC Notification 
ORB  10/03/1943  S/L BALL (missing) awarded D.F.C.