Erich Hartmann Downing not less than 352 Soviet aircrafts, he was the most successful fighter ace for all time. In his entire career he was never shot down himself. Was captured by the Soviets and send to Sibiria after the war. After his ...
Günther Rall Third most successful German fighter ace in WW2. 275 aerial victories, most of them a the Eastern Front. Served in the Bundesluftwaffe after the war. Planes flown in combat: Bf-109
Manfred von Richthofen The "Red Baron" was the most famous aerial ace for all time. With his red Fokker triplane, he shot down 80 Allied aircraft. Was killed in action towards the end of the war. Planes flown in combat: Fokker Dr. I ...
Hans-Joachim Marseille "Star of Africa", also joined the Battle of Britain. With 158 aerial victories against Western pilots he is remembered as one of the greatest and most courageous fighter pilots ever. Died by an accident in ...
Adolf Galland Great German fighter ace, 104 aerial victories at the Western front. General der Jagdflieger since 1941. Flew the Me-262 at the end of the war.Planes flown in combat: Hs-123, Bf-109E, Fw-190, Me-262
Ilmari Juutilainen Best Finnish fighter pilot in the Winter war, shot down not less than 94 Soviet planes.Planes flown in combat: Fokker D.XXI, B-239, Bf-109G
Hans-Ulrich Rudel Despite he was not a fighter pilot but a Stuka dive bomber airman he still shot down 9 enemy aircraft, which is very impressive for a non-fighter pilot. As a Stuka pilot he is well known for his destruction of 519 tanks, over ...
Gerhard Barkhorn Second best German ace with 301 aerial victories, most of them at the Eastern Front. Was shot down 9 times himself. Planes flown in combat: Bf-109E, Bf-109G, Fw-190D-9
Julius Arigi Most famous Austrian flying ace of WW1 with 32 aerial victories. Also sank an Italian steamboat. When he became a prisoner of war, he escaped by using the stolen limousine of Prince Nicholas I of Montenegro. Planes flown in ...
Walter Nowotny One of the most famous German fighter pilots. Gained 258 aerial victories, 255 of these at the Eastern Front. Was killed in a Me-262 while landing. Planes flown in combat: Bf-109E, Fw-190, Me-262
Hans Wind Great Finnish fighter ace, downed 75 Soviet planes, most of them were fighters. Planes flown in combat: B239, Bf-109G
Ivan Kozhedub Achieving 62 aerial victories in WW2, including one Me-262, he was the most successful Soviet fighter ace ever. Also fought in the Korean war. Although he was not allowed to take part in combat missions, he probably shoot down ...
Richard Bong Best American flying ace in the WW2 pacific war theatre. 40 air victories, all in a P-38. Was killed during a ferry flight in 1945. Planes flown in combat: P-38 Lightning
Alexander Pokryshkin Second best Russian fighter ace of WW2, shot down 88 German planes. Known as a great tactician who changed the obsolete Soviet aerial war tactics. Planes flown in combat: MiG-3, Yak-1, P-39, allegedly P-63 too
Lydia Litvyak The most successful female flying ace of all times with 12 aerial victories against the Luftwaffe in WW2. Planes flown in combat: Yak-1
Hiroyoshi Nishizawa Most successful Japanese fighter ace during WW2, 87 aerial victories against American and Australian pilots. Died during a ferry flight in 1944.Planes flown in combat: A6M Zero
Nguyễn Văn Cốc Best North Vietnamese flying ace in Vietnam War. Shot down 9 American aircraft. Planes flown in combat: MiG-21
Erich Rudorffer Great German fighter ace with 222 aerial victories, fought in France, Russia, Africa and Finland. Planes flown in combat: Bf-109E, Fw-190
René Fonck Most successful Allied fighter ace in WW1 with 75 aerial victories. Planes flown in combat: SPAD VII, SPAD VIII
David McCampbell With 34 aerial victories, he was the leading ace of the US Navy in WW2 pacific war theatre. Planes flown in combat: F6F Hellcat
Giora Epstein His 17 air victories in three wars of Israel make him to be the best Israeli fighter pilot for all time. Planes flown in combat: Mirage III, IAI Nesher
Marmaduke Pattle Most successful Commonwealth fighter ace of WW2. He shot down 50 German and Italian aircraft. Planes flown in combat: Gladiator, Hurricane
Gabby Gabreski Important American pilot, ace both in WW2 European war theatre (28 air victories) and Korean War (6 1/2 victories). Planes flown in combat: Spitfire Mk. IX, P-47, F-86
Thomas McGuire Second-best American fighter ace in the WW2 pacific war theatre. 38 kills with the P-38. Was killed in action in early 1945. Planes flown in combat: P-38 Lightning
Saburō Sakai Second-best Japanese fighter ace, shot down 64 American aircraft. After war, he became a buddhist and vegetarian. In 2000, he served briefly as a consultant for the Combat Flight Simulator 2. Planes flown in combat: A6M2 ...
Pierre Clostermann Best French fighter ace in WW2, shot down 33 aircraft. After the war, he became politican, wrote a book about his memoirs and was successful as a sporting fisherman.Planes flown in combat: Spitfire, Tempest
Jalil Zandi Best Iranian fighter pilot. Shot down 11 Iraqi aircraft in the Iran-Iraq war. Best F-14 fighter ace ever. Planes flown in combat: F-14 Tomcat
Muhammad Mahmood Alam Best Pakistani aerial ace in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965. He shot down 9 Indian aircraft, 5 of them at a single mission in less than a minute. Planes flown in combat: F-86 Sabre
Charles B. DeBellevue Despite he was "only" Weapon Systems Officer he became the American aviator with the most MiG kills (6) in Vietnam war. Planes flown in combat: F-4 Phantom II
Yevgeny Pepelyaev Second-best Russian MiG-15 pilot in Korean war. 19 air victories. Planes flown in combat: MiG-15
Zhao Baotong Together with Wang Hai, he was the best Chinese fighter ace in Korean war with 9 air victories. Planes flown in combat: MiG-15
Nikolay Sutyagin Most successful Russian ace in the Korean war. Shot down 21 American aircraft. Planes flown in combat: MiG-15
Mato Dukovac Best Croatian fighter pilot of WW2. He shot down 44 Soviet planes. Planes flown in combat: Bf-109
Joseph C. McConnell Best American fighter pilot in the Korean war. Shot down 16 enemies. Still the top-scoring American jet ace. Planes flown in combat: F-86 Sabre
James Edgar Johnson Most successful English fighter ace during WW2. 38 aerial victories. Also flew in Korean war.Planes flown in combat: several Spitfires
Mick Mannock The Irish-born "Mick" Mannock probably was the most successful pilot of the RAF with 51 aerial victories. Planes flown in combat: S.E.5a
Teresio Vittorio Martinoli Best Italian flying ace with 22 aerial victories. Was killed after the Armistice in 1944 while training in a P-39. Planes flown in combat: CR.42 Falco, C.202 Folgore, C.205 Veltro
Wang Hai Together with Zhao Baotong the best Chinese fighter ace in Korean war with 9 kills.Planes flown in combat: MiG-15