military conflicts The Top World War I Aces of South Africa  

Barbara Gaston
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A list of the best South African WW1 Aces. That is, World War I Aces from South Africa 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.

1
Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor Planes shot down: 54

2
William Lancelot Jordan Died at 35 (1896-1931) - Planes shot down: 39

3
Samuel Kinkead Died at 31 (1897-1928) - Planes shot down: 32

4
Thomas Sinclair Harrison Planes shot down: 22

5
Douglas John Bell Died at 25 (1893-1918) - Planes shot down: 20

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Charles G. Ross Planes shot down: 20

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Walter Southey Died at 23 (1897-1920) - Planes shot down: 20