historical figures The Top World War I Aces of France  

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A list of the best French WW1 Aces. That is, World War I Aces from France with the most victories. Photos are included wherever possible. While one may be considered an Ace with only 5 victories, these WWI Aces have shot down twenty planes or more! World War 1 Aces were arguably the bravest and boldest of all fighter pilots as their planes were so rudimentary. That said, the Fokker Dr. I and the Sopwith Camel were airplanes that got the job done. For the Aces of World War 1, flight jackets weren't yet items of prestige; they were tools of necessity as flying in an open cockpit meant pilots could freeze. The planes were made of cloth, metal tubes, and wood unlike the armored cockpits of today that protect their flyboys from machine-gun fire. Suffice to say, this list of Aces of WW1 contains all of the best.

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René Fonck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
René Fonck Died at 59 (1894-1953) - Planes shot down: 75

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Georges Guynemer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Georges Guynemer Died at 23 (1894-1917) - Planes shot down: 53

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Charles Nungesser is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Charles Nungesser Died at 35 (1892-1927) - Planes shot down: 43

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Georges Madon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Georges Madon Died at 32 (1892-1924) - Planes shot down: 41

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Maurice Boyau is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Maurice Boyau Died at 30 (1888-1918) - Planes shot down: 35

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Michel Coiffard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Michel Coiffard Died at 26 (1892-1918) - Planes shot down: 34

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Léon Bourjade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Léon Bourjade Planes shot down: 28

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Armand Pinsard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Armand Pinsard Died at 66 (1887-1953) - Planes shot down: 27

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Gabriel Guérin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Gabriel Guérin Died at 26 (1892-1918) - Planes shot down: 23

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René Dorme is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
René Dorme Died at 23 (1894-1917) - Planes shot down: 23

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Marcel Haegelen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Marcel Haegelen Died at 54 (1896-1950) - Planes shot down: 22

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Petar Marinovich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Petar Marinovich Died at 21 (1898-1919) - Planes shot down: 21

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Alfred Heurtaux is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Alfred Heurtaux Died at 92 (1893-1985) - Planes shot down: 21

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Albert Deullin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top World War I Aces of France
Albert Deullin Planes shot down: 20