Portrait of the Day: Albert Ball and the RFC

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31 May 2014, 12:00

Room 30


  • Gallery Talk

Albert Ball, by Henry Poole, 1920s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Albert Ball
by Henry Poole
NPG 2277

Albert Ball joined the fledgling Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in 1916 and quickly became one of the First World War's Flying Aces. By May 1917 he already had forty-four "kills" to his name when his plane came down outside of Annoeullin, tragically killing him. The RFC was the precursor of the RAF and it was the achievements of men like Ball that led to the service's enduring success. Talk led by Lauren Gillham.

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