Benjamin Ball

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Sir Benjamin Ball
Born 6 September 1912
Died 24 January 1977
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1934 - 1969
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held RAF Debden
Signals Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Air Vice Marshal Sir Benjamin Ball KBE CB (6 September 1912 – 24 January 1977) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Signals Command.

RAF career[edit]

Ball joined the Royal Air Force as a cadet in 1934.[1] He served in World War II as a signals officer at RAF Bircham Newton and then at Headquarters RAF Reserve Command, as Chief Signals Officer in the Training Commands of the Royal Canadian Air Force and as Group Captain, Operations with No. 26 Group.[1] After the War he became Chief Signals Officer at Headquarters Bomber Command and then became Director of Signals in the British Joint Services Mission to Washington D. C.[1] He went on to be Station Commander at RAF Debden in 1951, Deputy Director of Operational Requirements at the Air Ministry in 1953 and Chief Signals Officer at Headquarters Bomber Command in 1957.[1] His last appointments were as Deputy Chief Signals Officer at SHAPE in 1960, as Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters Technical Training Command in 1963 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Signals Command in 1966 before retiring in 1969.[1]

He was appointed KBE in the New Year Honours List in 1969.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Shirley
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Signals Command
1966 – 1969
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded