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Statue of Captain Albert Ball, Castle Road, Nottingham

Statue of Captain Albert Ball, Castle Road, Nottingham
Photograph taken 10 August 2006 © Dr Eric Ritchie. Source Historic England Archive ref: 455790

This statue was put up in 1921. It is a life size bronze figure of Captain Ball dressed in his flying kit. Albert Ball, VC, was the first British flyer (pilot) to become a national celebrity in World War One. He was killed in 1917 aged 20 after a battle against Baron Manfred von Richthofen's "Flying Circus". Richthofen was a German celebrity pilot. He won his VC 'For most conspicuous and consistent bravery from the 25th of April to the 6th of May 1917, during which period Captain Ball took part in 26 combats in the course of which he destroyed eleven hostile aircraft, brought down two out of control and forced several others to land'. During World War one over 9,000 members of the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) were killed. 11 of them received the VC.