world war i: commonwealth forces

Albert Ball (1896-1917): After enlisting into the British Army 1914, Ball transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. During his career he had a total of 44 official victories, making him one of the UK’s highest scoring aces. Following a violent dogfight in the Western Front in May 1917, Ball’s plane was damaged so much it resulted in a crash, killing him. For his bravery in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously award Britain’s highest military honor: the Victoria Cross.