Albert Ball, decorated British flying ace during World War I. Died at the age of 20 while pursuing the brother of the infamous (and also dashing) Red Baron through a cloudbank. Submitted by agreeablecar
Adolf "Dolfo" Joseph Ferdinand Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996) was a German Luftwaffe General and flying ace who served throughout World War II in Europe. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. He flew 705 combat missions, and fought on the Western and the Defence of the Reich fronts. He was credited with 104 aerial victories, all of them against the Western Allies.
Max Immelmann (1890 – 1916) was the first German WW1 flying ace. He was a great pioneer in fighter aviation He was the first aviator to win the Pour le Merite. His name has become attached to a common flying tactic, the Immelmann turn, and remains a byword in aviation. He is credited with 15 aerial victories. Immelman was shot down in 1916 by a British fighter piloted by Second Lieutenant G.R. McCubbin with Corporal J. H. Waller as the gunner/observer.
World War I fighter pilot Albert Ball (14.8.1896|7.5.1917) At the time of his death in the skies over France, Ball had forty-four victories in aerial combat. After a crash took his life in 1917, the Germans claimed Ball was shot down by the Red Baron's younger brother Lothar von Richtofen. This has been contested with the theory that Ball became disoriented during a manoeuvre in cloudy skies, suffering a form of temporary vertigo that has killed other pilots.
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