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Albert Ball (1896–1917)

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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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, 120 miles-per-hour biplane, 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 7th May 1917.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1920s

Medium

bronze

Measurements

H 60 x W 25.5 x D 20 cm

Accession number

2277

Acquisition method

donated by the sitter's father, Sir Albert Ball, 1929

Work type

Sculpture

Inscription description

incised


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