Albert Ball

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Albert Ball

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CAPTAIN ALBERT BALL, VC,
Sherwood Foresters and 58th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action, 7th May, 1917 aged 20.

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CAPTAIN ALBERT BALL, VC, DSO (two bars), MC, CROIX DE CHEVALIER LEGION d’HONNEUR, RUSSIAN ORDER OF ST GEORGE, AMERICAN MEDAL, HONORARY FREEMAN OF NOTTINGHAM.
Sherwood Foresters and 58th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action, 7th May, 1917.
Buried: Annoeullin Communal Cemetery German Extension.
School: (1907 - 1910)
Register: born 17th August 1896, admitted 19th September 1907 aged 11. Father: Albert Ball, 43, Lenton Road, The Park, Nottingham. Occupation: Land Agent. Left: December 1910. Brother, J A Ball served as a Second Lieutenant, 10th Leicesters.
Albert Ball is Nottingham’s most famous World War One hero. His father was an alderman of the City of Nottingham.
Citation for V.C.
For most conspicuous and consistent bravery from the 25th of April to the 6th of May, 1917, during which period Capt. Ball took part in twenty-six combats in the air and destroyed eleven hostile aeroplanes, drove down two out of control, and forced several others to land.
In these combats Capt. Ball, flying alone, on one occasion fought six hostile machines, twice he fought five and once four. When leading two other British aeroplanes he attacked an enemy formation of eight. On each of these occasions he brought down at least one enemy.
Several times his aeroplane was badly damaged, once so seriously that but for the most delicate handling his machine would have collapsed, as nearly all the control wires had been shot away. On returning with a damaged machine he had always to be restrained from immediately going out on another.
In all, Capt. Ball has destroyed forty-three German aeroplanes and one balloon, and has always displayed most exceptional courage, determination and skill.

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