Albert Ball VC: The Fighter Pilot Hero of World War One by Colin Pengelly soon to be presented for sale on the outstanding BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Barnsley: Pen & Sword Aviation, 2010, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;
From the cover: Albert Balls individuality and his insistence on fighting alone set him apart from other fighter pilots during World War One. His invincible courage and utter determination made him a legend not only in Britain but also amongst his enemies, to whom the sight of his lone Nieuport Scout brought terror.
In 1914 he enlisted in the British army with the 2/7th Battalion (Robin Hoods), of the Sherwood Foresters, Notts and Derby Regiment. By the October of 1914 he had reached the rank of Sergeant and then in the same month was made a Second-Lieutenant in the battalion.
In June 1915 he paid for private tuition and trained as a pilot at Hendon. In October 1915 he obtained Royal Aero Club Certificate and requested transfer to the Royal Flying Corps. The transfer granted, he further trained at Norwich and Upavon, being awarded the pilots brevet on 22 January 1916. On 16 May 1916 flying Bristol Scout 5512 he opened his score, shooting down an Albatros C-type over Beaumont. On 29 May 1916 he shot down two LVC C-types, whilst flying his Nieuport 5173. Captain Albert Ball made his final flight on 7 May 191 7 when he flew SE5 A4850 as part of an eleven-strong hunting patrol into action against Jagdstaftel 11, led by Lothar Von Richthofen. It was a very cloudy day. Albert was pursuing Lothars Albatros Scout who crash-landed, wounded. Then Albert was seen by many observers to dive out of a cloud and crash. He died minutes later in the arms of a French girl, Madame Cecille Deloffre. Albert Ball rose from obscurity to join the top rank of contemporary fighter pilots in only 15 months. In that period he had been awarded the MC, DSO and two Bars and was credited with at least 44 victories. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight lean. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.