Our Continuing Gratitude
Two significant Nottingham occasions are marked at this time. The first remembers Captain Albert Ball VC, the WW1 fighter pilot. The second will be the ‘Battle of the Flames’ experienced by our city during WW2.
On 7th May 1917, 11 Royal Flying Corps aircraft took off as part of a hunting patrol in France whose task was to hunt down the enemy and destroy them. Albert Ball was one of them. In these very early days of air combat, he came to be known as a ‘lone wolf’ and accounted for 44 enemy aircraft. His feats brought him honour from King, his home city and also from Imperial Russia. He was the first British ace to become a household name, and his celebrity was such that he could not walk down the streets of Nottingham without being stopped and congratulated.Continue reading This Week at St Mary’s