National Geographic : 1918 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE saw the others come out of their machines he tore off again and flew away from them. By the time the first of the Huns had been able to get off the ground, Ball was over half a mile away and had made good his es cape. The risk he took in landing this way was very great, as his engine might have stopped when he landed, in which case there would have been no way of starting it again and escaping. On another occa sion, about six months later, he had an ex perience just as thrill ing as the one above. He had chased an enemy machine for ten miles behind its lines and, on turning to come home, found himself cut off by sev eral groups of the enemy. Picking out a group just in front of him, and the smallest group which was try ing to cut him off, he decided to fly straight at the machines and MAJOR WILLIA through them. There While in the Nat were four in the party, front, Great Britai and as he flew toward the National Geogi them they all opened of several of the fire at him, while he Albert Ball, V. C. did the same at them. has rendered valua The leader of the the development of enemy patrol did not like it, however, and swerved to one side, just as Ball was hoping he would. Two of his followers did the same thing, per haps in the hope that they would be able to catch Ball from the flank; but it was all according to Ball's plan and he carried on straight at the last man, whom he hoped would also turn. Photograph by Charles Martin M A. BISHOP ON A VISIT TO WASHINGTON ional Capital, a few days before his return to the n's greatest airman called at the headquarters of raphic Society to give the accompanying account exploits of his fellow aviator, the late Captain During his stay in this country Major Bishop tble assistance to American officers charged with our great air fleet. At a speed of 250 miles* an hour they approached, both firing two machine-guns at each other. It looked as if they were going to go into each other. Both men seemed determined that they would not swerve the slightest. Ball told me later * They were each moving at 125 miles per hour.