Albert Ball (1896-1917) was a British fighter pilot who scored 44 official victories during the war.
Ball was one of the United Kingdom’s highest-scoring air aces. In 1914 he enlisted in the British Army before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915.
Following an intense aerial fight over the Western Front in May 1917, Ball’s aircraft crashed and he was killed.
He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military award for bravery in the face of the enemy.