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No. 13 Squadron Royal Flying Corps



15th January 1915   13 Squadron was formed at Gosport on 10th January 1915 from a nucleus of 8 Squadron, later supplemented with a flight detached from 22 Squadron. After minimal training in bombing and aerial photography, the Squadron was sent to France, reporting first to RFC HQ at St. Omer on 19 October, and then deployed to Vert Galand 2 days later. Equipped with BE2c aircraft, the main role of the Squadron was artillery observation and photographic reconnaissance, which remained the unit's main tasks throughout the war.

Jan 1918   During January 1918 the Squadron carried out experimental night artillery observation with useful results and night reconnaissance became regular part of their operations.

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  • Oliver Walter Stanley Victor. 2nd Lt.

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Albert Ball VC

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In the 1st World War the daring exploits of pilot Albert Ball caught the imagination of the British public like no other. Ball acquired his wings in the RFC in January 1916 and was first posted to France in February of that year. Then he joined No 13 Squadron and for a six-week period in March 1916 saw almost constant action flying the Squadron's Bristol Scout. Moving to No 11 Squadron in May 1916, Ball's score quickly accumulated. He had acquired a reputation as a tenacious scout pilot, often flying alone in his Nieuport and invariably returning to base with a near empty fuel tank. In August he returned to No 11 Squadron and soon after became the highest scoring scout pilot of the time. Waging his solitary aerial war, Ball became a true inspiration to the RFC when its squadrons were being mauled. But his life was to prove tragically short and he was killed in action just before his 21st birthday leading a patrol of SE5's. He had accounted for forty-four German aircraft and was posthum
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