09/x/43 – Loss of F/Lt Ball & F/O Kemp

09/x/43 saw the third and fourth casualties of Broody’s tour. Edward “Cecil” Ball of Kinsdale, Ireland and his navigator and best friend, scotsman William “Jock” Kemp were killed after their aircraft crashed onto trees near Tiptree in Essex having developed engine trouble while returning from a patrol. Ball was the Squadron’s most experienced pilot, and he was serving his second tour with 488. He had also completed two tours with bomber squadrons, the second with No.75 Squadron. Kemp had also completed previous tours with night-fighter and bomber squadrons.

Kemp and Ball were interred at Maldon Cemetery with military honours on 13/x/43

Their names are duly recorded in the Roll of Honour

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