Captain Albert Ball VC RFC - Bill Fulton
From 24 March 2017 20:00 until 22:00
Posted by Geoff Cunnington
07500 040 500
Categories: Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
Albert Ball was Britain’s first air ace of the Great War. His loss in May 1917 was a huge blow to public morale. Captain Albert Ball VC, DSO & two Bars, MC (14 August 1896 to 7 May 1917), was at the time of his death the UK’s leading flying ace with 44 victories. Ball was raised in Nottingham and he joined the Sherwood Foresters on the outbreak of the First World War, being commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in October 1914. In 1915 he transferred to the RFC, joining No 13 Squadron in 1916. He was the first flying ace to become a British popular hero. In his relatively short fighting career he shot down 44 enemy aircraft. Ball died during the evening of 7 May 1917 during a dogfight in failing visibility; some mystery surrounds his death. Cecil Arthur Lewis was a participant in the action and describes it in his memoir ‘Sagittarius Rising’. Bill Fulton considers the service career of the ‘baby faced killer’ and will explain why there is some controversy and mystery surrounding his death.