01.08.1944 No. 96 Squadron Mosquito NF. XIII MM562 F/O. Raymond F. Ball
Date: 01st August 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 96 Squadron
Type: Mosquito NF. XIII
Base: RAF Ford, Sussex, England
Location: At airfield RAF Ford
Pilot: F/O. Raymond Findlay Ball 135506 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
Obs: F/O. Frederick George Saunders 142322 RAFVR Age ? Killed
Ground crew: LAC. Charles Lowery Allen 1303871 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Returning form a patrol in bad visibility and undershot the landing. Killing both crew members and LAC Allen on the ground.
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F/O. Raymond Findlay Ball. Blackley Churchyard (St. Andrew) Sec. A. Grave 515. Son of John and Elizabeth Ball of Blackley, Manchester, England.
F/O. Frederick George Saunders. Littlehampton Cemetery. Sec. D. Grave 4348. Next of kin details not available, from Sussex, England - are you able to assist further?
LAC. Charles Lowery Allen. New Seaham Churchyard (Christ Church) Row G. Grave 12. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Allen and adopted son of Eugene Charles and Isabella Lowery, of New Seaham, Durham, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Tony Bowden who is undergoing research into Manchester Policemen who served and died during WW2 (He kindly also sent images to us in August 2017). Other sources as indicated below.