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Albert Ball

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

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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. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross and is commemorated by a public monument in Nottingham. The German ace, Baron von Richtofen, commented that Ball was 'the best English flying man'.

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Albert Ball, by Argent Archer - NPG P657

Albert Ball

by Argent Archer
carbon print, circa 1915
NPG P657

Albert Ball, by Henry Poole - NPG 2277

Albert Ball

by Henry Poole
bronze statuette, 1920s
NPG 2277

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