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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