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Albert Ball (1896-1917), Fighter-pilot; recipient of the Victoria Cross

Sitter in 2 portraits
Fighter pilot. Born in Nottingham, Ball was a trainee engineer when war was declared. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and was posted to France in 1916. As a Flight Commander in an SE5 120mph bi-plane, he flew bareheaded, without goggles and favoured single combat. He shot down 43 enemy planes and a Zeppelin in the few months he was airborne. Already a national hero, he was killed in action over enemy territory on 7 May 1917.

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Albert Ball

by Argent Archer
carbon print, circa 1915
NPG P657


Albert Ball

by Henry Poole
bronze statuette, 1920s
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2277