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WW1 Aces



Jasta 11 brightly colored Albatros D.IIIs in January 1917 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_ace

Fighter Flying Aces of the Great War


SE5 Mc Cudden Classed in victory numbers, these are the Aces of ww1. Some raised to national superstar, almost demigod status, like Manfred Von Richtofen, the "Red Baron" after his brightly colored Dr.I. The very first (for which Newspapers coined the famous "ace") was Adolphe Pégoud after he downed seven German aircraft. The "victory" standards varied between different air services and countries, and verifications on the ground were often problematic as one might expected. However it was generally accepted that a pilot became an "ace" after five victories. It could seems low, as in an average dogfight a skilled pilot could down several planes at once, on the same day (two-three sorties), but bear in mind life expectancy of a pilot was then short, at least on the Western front. There were also many cases of unconfirmed victories. Sources get confused despite production numbers compared to scores of squadrons or jasta. But they are in fact not that helpful and modern Historians still have these counts evolving. These figures below are those generally accepted today.

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Manfred Von Richtofen

80 victories

René Fonck

75 victories

Billy Bishop

72 Victories

Ernst Udet

62 Victories

Edward Mannock

61 Victories

Raymond Collishaw

60 Victories

James McCudden

57 Victories

Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor

54 Victories

Erich Löwenhardt

54 Victories

Donald MacLaren

54 Victories

Georges Guynemer

54 Victories

William George Barker

50 Victories

Josef Jacobs

48 Victories

Werner Voss

48 Victories

Robert A. Little

47 Victories

Albert Ball

44 Victories

Rudolf Berthold

44 Victories

George McElroy

47 Victories

Bruno Loerzer

44 Victories

Fritz Rumey

44 Victories

Paul Bäumer

43 Victories

Tom F. Hazell

43 Victories

Charles Nungesser

43 Victories

Georges Madon

41 Victories

Oswald Boelcke

40 Victories

Franz Büchner

40 Victories

Philip F. Fullard

40 Victories

Lothar Von Richtofen

40 Victories

Roderick Dallas

39 Victories

Charles George Gass

39 Victories

John Inglis Gilmour

39 Victories

Heinrich Gontermann

39 Victories

William Lancelot Jordan

39 Victories

Carl Menchkoff

39 Victories

Alfred Atkey

38 Victories

William Gordon Claxton

37 Victories