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ALBERT BALL | WW1 Ace

Updated on March 3, 2014

Albert Ball, English Ace of World War One

Albert Ball, VC, DSO and Two Bars, MC, Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, Order of St. George (4th class) (August 14, 1896 - May 7, 1917) was an English First World War fighter pilot and recipient of the Victoria Cross. At the time of his death, he was the leading Allied ace with 44 victories[1] and only trailed the Germans' top ace, Manfred Von Richthofen. He ended up tied for 11th place with Captain J. Gillmore in the top 20 World War One pilots in the British Empire.

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SPAD XIII

The Spad XIII was a French fighter aircraft of World War One. It was developed as an upgrade to the highly successful SPAD VII. The SPAD XIII was flown by French fighter pilots such as Georges Guynemer and Rene Fonck, Italy's Francesco Baracca and Eddie Rickenbacker of the United States. The SPAD XIII differed from its predecessor with a more powerful Hispano-Suiza engine and a second VIckers .303 caliber machine gun for added firepower. The SPAD XIII was one of the most capable fighters of the war and one of the most produced. There were 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the Armistice.

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WERNER VOSS | Rival of the Red Baron
Werner Voss (April 13, 1897-September 23, 1917) was a World War I German fighter pilot and ace. Born in Krefeld, the first son of an industrial dyer, Voss wa...

MAX IMMELMANN | World War One Ace
Max Immelmann was the first pilot to be awarded the Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest military honour. The medal became colloquially known as the "Blue...

GEORGES GUYNEMER | WW1 Ace
Georges Guynemer (December 24, 1894 - September 11, 1917) was a top French fighter ace during World War I and a national hero at the time of his death. Upon ...

ERNST UDET | WW1 Ace | Germany's Second Highest Scoring Fighter Pilot
Ernst Udet (April 26 1896 - November 17 1941) was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World War I. He was one of the youngest aces and was the hi...

BILLY BISHOP | WW1 Ace
Air Marshal William Avery "Billy" Bishop VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED (8 February 1894 - 11 September 1956) was a Canadian First World War fl...

JOSEF JACOBS | WW1 Ace
Josef Jacobs was the 8th highest ace with 48 victories. Lieutenant Josef Karl Peter Jacobs (1894-1978) was one of Germany's leading air aces of the First Wor...

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      @reasonablerobby: World War I flyers are very interesting to me and I hope they never get forgotten. Thanks for the comment, reasonablerobinson!

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      A home town hero from my home town of Nottingham. His statue is in Nottingham Castle and his fathers house overlooks Wollaton Hall just off the A52