Major Ezra Ballard Pops Up
Reply-To: "Jan Aldrich"
From: "Jan Aldrich"
To: Brad Sparks,
Subject: Re: Major Ezra Ballard Pops Up
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 12:44:58 -0500
Is this interesting or
Wonder how he ended his career!--Jan
----- Original Message -----
From: Brad Sparks
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2001 7:18
Subject: Major Ezra Ballard Pops Up
Guess where I found our Sept 10,
Ft. Monmouth T-33 case witness Major
Ezra Ballard, Jr.? (His first name has
usually been misreported as Edward.).
He became CO of the ADC Air Defense
Center aand 640th AC&W Sq at
Harmon AFB, Stephenville, Newfoundland, on
15, 1954, (until
reassignment to Tyndall AFB, Florida, Mar 1,
the scene of a number of interesting
UFO radar cases in that rough time
Some interesting stats from the next
historical report Oct-Dec 54
In Oct 1954, Ballard's ADDC had
radar tracks of which 112 were unknown
Tracks, and of these 48 intercepts by
were attempted, 42 were
completed, 4 were completed by Early Warning
N-26, and the rest were
identified by "correlation or other
In Nov 1954, there were 2,827 radar
86 were unknowns, 36 intercepts
were attempted, 27 successful, rest
by "correlation or other
In Dec 1954, 2,322 radar tracks, 88
31 intercepts attempted, 24
successful, the rest IDed otherwise.
640th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
The Squadron History
July 1954 to September 1954
History of 640th Aircraft Control and
RCS 1-AF-D2 (64-1)
Major Ezra Ballard Jr.
Mon, 3 Dec 2001 02:05:20 -0500
Brad has asked me to post the
Hi Jan, Fran and Sharon,
Thanks for your comments.
To answer Sharon's question on
of Unknown Tracks, note that the NEAC
area covered had an average of about 3-4
Tracks per day in Oct-Dec
On Nov 4-6, 1952, B/Gen Alfred R.
of the RDB reported back to CIA on
behalf of the ADC and the Air Staff that the
air defense problem was
insignificant compared to the average of 94
Tracks PER DAY from all
air defense regions. This figure
with the NEAC stats, given heavier
air traffic in the continental U.S. than in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
Also note that Maxwell's report
the lie to the later claim made at the
Robertson Panel that UFO's could jam or
our air defenses. CIA had
simply raised the air defense issue only as
way to force its involvement in
military intelligence subjects it was
or forbidden from entering.
Now this mere tactical maneuver of Korean
intelligence office politics
has been elevated to a major myth of