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A list of the best German WW1 Aces. That is, World War I aces from Germany with the most victories. Photos are included wherever possible. While one may be considered an ace with only five victories, these WWI aces shot down twenty planes or more. World War 1 aces were arguably the bravest and boldest of all fighter pilots because their planes were so rudimentary. That said, the Fokker Dr. I and the Sopwith Camel were airplanes that got the job done.

For the German aces of World War 1, flight jackets weren't yet items of prestige; to these WW 1 flying aces, they were tools of necessity, as an open cockpit meant pilots could freeze. The planes were made of cloth, metal tubes, and wood, unlike the armored cockpits of today that help protect modern flyboys from machine-gun fire. This list of World War 1 flying aces contains all of the best German pilots of the Great War.

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Manfred von Richthofen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Manfred von Richthofen Died at 26 (1892-1918) - Planes shot down: 80

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Ernst Udet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Ernst Udet Died at 45 (1896-1941) - Planes shot down: 62

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Erich Loewenhardt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Erich Loewenhardt Planes shot down: 54

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Josef Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Josef Jacobs Planes shot down: 48

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Werner Voss is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Werner Voss Died at 20 (1897-1917) - Planes shot down: 48

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Fritz Rumey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Fritz Rumey Died at 27 (1891-1918) - Planes shot down: 45

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Rudolf Berthold is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Rudolf Berthold Died at 29 (1891-1920) - Planes shot down: 44

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Bruno Loerzer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Bruno Loerzer Died at 69 (1891-1960) - Planes shot down: 44

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Paul Bäumer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Paul Bäumer Died at 31 (1896-1927) - Planes shot down: 43

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Oswald Boelcke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Oswald Boelcke Died at 25 (1891-1916) - Planes shot down: 40

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Franz Büchner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Franz Büchner Died at 22 (1898-1920) - Planes shot down: 40

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Lothar von Richthofen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Lothar von Richthofen Died at 28 (1894-1922) - Planes shot down: 40

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Heinrich Ritter von Gontermann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Heinrich Ritter von Gontermann Died at 21 (1896-1917) - Planes shot down: 39

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Carl Menckhoff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Carl Menckhoff Died at 65 (1883-1948) - Planes shot down: 39

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Max Ritter von Müller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Max Ritter von Müller Planes shot down: 36

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Karl Bolle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Karl Bolle Died at 62 (1893-1955) - Planes shot down: 36

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Julius Buckler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Julius Buckler Died at 66 (1894-1960) - Planes shot down: 36

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Gustav Dörr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Gustav Dörr Died at 41 (1887-1928) - Planes shot down: 35

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Otto Könnecke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Otto Könnecke Died at 64 (1892-1956) - Planes shot down: 35

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Eduard Ritter von Schleich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Eduard Ritter von Schleich Died at 59 (1888-1947) - Planes shot down: 35

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Emil Thuy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Emil Thuy Died at 36 (1894-1930) - Planes shot down: 35

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Josef Veltjens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Josef Veltjens Died at 49 (1894-1943) - Planes shot down: 35

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Heinrich Bongartz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Heinrich Bongartz Died at 54 (1892-1946) - Planes shot down: 33

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Kurt Wolff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Kurt Wolff Died at 22 (1895-1917) - Planes shot down: 33

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Heinrich Kroll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Heinrich Kroll Died at 36 (1894-1930) - Planes shot down: 33

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Hermann Frommherz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Hermann Frommherz Died at 73 (1891-1964) - Planes shot down: 32

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Theodor Osterkamp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Theodor Osterkamp Planes shot down: 32

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Paul Billik is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Paul Billik Died at 35 (1891-1926) - Planes shot down: 31

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Gotthard Sachsenberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Gotthard Sachsenberg Died at 70 (1891-1961) - Planes shot down: 31

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Harald Auffarth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Harald Auffarth Planes shot down: 30

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Karl Allmenröder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Karl Allmenröder Died at 21 (1896-1917) - Planes shot down: 30

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Karl Emil Schäfer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Karl Emil Schäfer Planes shot down: 30

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Carl Degelow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Carl Degelow Died at 79 (1891-1970) - Planes shot down: 30

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Josef Mai is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Josef Mai Died at 95 (1887-1982) - Planes shot down: 30

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Ulrich Neckel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Ulrich Neckel Died at 30 (1898-1928) - Planes shot down: 30

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Friedrich Ritter von Röth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Friedrich Ritter von Röth Died at 25 (1893-1918) - Planes shot down: 28

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Arthur Laumann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Arthur Laumann Died at 76 (1894-1970) - Planes shot down: 28

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Robert Ritter von Greim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Robert Ritter von Greim Died at 53 (1892-1945) - Planes shot down: 28

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Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp Died at 24 (1894-1918) - Planes shot down: 28

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Walter Blume is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Walter Blume Died at 68 (1896-1964) - Planes shot down: 28

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Kurt Wüsthoff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Kurt Wüsthoff Died at 29 (1897-1926) - Planes shot down: 27

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Adolf Ritter von Tutschek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Adolf Ritter von Tutschek Died at 27 (1891-1918) - Planes shot down: 27

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Karl Thom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Karl Thom Died at 52 (1893-1945) - Planes shot down: 27

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Hans Kirschstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Hans Kirschstein Died at 22 (1896-1918) - Planes shot down: 27

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Otto Fruhner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Otto Fruhner Died at 72 (1893-1965) - Planes shot down: 27

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Fritz Otto Bernert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Fritz Otto Bernert Died at 25 (1893-1918) - Planes shot down: 27

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Eduard Ritter von Dostler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Eduard Ritter von Dostler Died at 25 (1892-1917) - Planes shot down: 26

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Oskar Freiherr von Boenigk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Oskar Freiherr von Boenigk Died at 53 (1893-1946) - Planes shot down: 26

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Max Näther† is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Max Näther† Planes shot down: 26

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Georg von Hantelmann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top World War I Aces of Germany
Georg von Hantelmann Died at 26 (1898-1924) - Planes shot down: 25