By Colin Pengelly
Captain Albert Ball made his ultimate flight on 7 may well 1917 while he flew SE5 A4850 as a part of an eleven-strong searching patrol into motion opposed to Jagdstaffel eleven, led by way of Lothar Von Richthofen. It used to be a truly cloudy day. Albert used to be pursuing Lothar's Albatros Scout who crash-landed, wounded. Then Albert used to be obvious by means of many observers to dive out of a cloud and crash. He died mins later within the fingers of a French lady, Madame Cecille Deloffre. He rose from obscurity to the pinnacle rank of latest fighter pilots in just 15 months. In that interval he have been provided the MC, DSO and Bars and was once credited with at the least forty four victories. He was once posthumously presented the Victoria Cross.
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Albert Ball VC: the Fighter Pilot of World War I by Colin Pengelly