Historical Figures The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom  

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A list of the best British WW1 Aces. That is, World War I Aces from United Kingdom 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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Mick Mannock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Mick Mannock Died at 31 (1887-1918) - Planes shot down: 73

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James McCudden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
James McCudden Died at 23 (1895-1918) - Planes shot down: 57

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George McElroy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
George McElroy Died at 25 (1893-1918) - Planes shot down: 47

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Albert Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Albert Ball Died at 21 (1896-1917) - Planes shot down: 44

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Tom F. Hazell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Tom F. Hazell Died at 54 (1892-1946) - Planes shot down: 43

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Philip F. Fullard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Philip F. Fullard Died at 87 (1897-1984) - Planes shot down: 40

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Charles George Gass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Charles George Gass Died at 79 (1898-1977) - Planes shot down: 39

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John Inglis Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
John Inglis Gilmour Died at 32 (1896-1928) - Planes shot down: 39

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James Ira Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
James Ira Thomas Jones Died at 64 (1896-1960) - Planes shot down: 37

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Henry Winslow Woollett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Henry Winslow Woollett Died at 74 (1895-1969) - Planes shot down: 35

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Geoffrey Hilton Bowman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Geoffrey Hilton Bowman Died at 79 (1891-1970) - Planes shot down: 32

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Samuel Frederick Henry Thompso... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Samuel Frederick Henry Thompson Died at 28 (1890-1918) - Planes shot down: 30

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Charles Dawson Booker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Charles Dawson Booker Died at 21 (1897-1918) - Planes shot down: 29

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Percy Jack Clayson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Percy Jack Clayson Planes shot down: 29

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Leonard Henry Rochford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Leonard Henry Rochford Died at 90 (1896-1986) - Planes shot down: 29

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John Everard Gurdon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
John Everard Gurdon Died at 75 (1898-1973) - Planes shot down: 28

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Dennis Latimer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Dennis Latimer Planes shot down: 28

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Thomas Percy Middleton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Thomas Percy Middleton Planes shot down: 27

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Ronald Malcolm Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Ronald Malcolm Fletcher Died at 53 (1899-1952) - Planes shot down: 26

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William Frederick James Harvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
William Frederick James Harvey Died at 75 (1897-1972) - Planes shot down: 26

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Gerald Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Gerald Maxwell Died at 64 (1895-1959) - Planes shot down: 26

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William Ernest Staton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
William Ernest Staton Died at 85 (1898-1983) - Planes shot down: 26

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Robert J. O. Compston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Robert J. O. Compston Died at 64 (1898-1962) - Planes shot down: 25

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Arthur Rhys-Davids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Arthur Rhys-Davids Died at 20 (1897-1917) - Planes shot down: 25

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Tom Cecil Noel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Tom Cecil Noel Died at 21 (1897-1918) - Planes shot down: 24

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George S. L. Hayward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
George S. L. Hayward Died at 30 (1894-1924) - Planes shot down: 24

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Peter Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Peter Carpenter Died at 80 (1891-1971) - Planes shot down: 24

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Harry G. E. Luchford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Harry G. E. Luchford Died at 23 (1894-1917) - Planes shot down: 24

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James Anderson Slater is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
James Anderson Slater Died at 29 (1896-1925) - Planes shot down: 24

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William Charles Campbell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
William Charles Campbell Died at 69 (1889-1958) - Planes shot down: 23

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Matthew Frew is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Matthew Frew Died at 79 (1895-1974) - Planes shot down: 23

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Horace Percy Lale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Horace Percy Lale Died at 69 (1886-1955) - Planes shot down: 23

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Harold Whistler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Harold Whistler Died at 44 (1896-1940) - Planes shot down: 23

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Cecil Frederick King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Cecil Frederick King Planes shot down: 22

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Arthur Ernest Newland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Arthur Ernest Newland Died at 82 (1882-1964) - Planes shot down: 22

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Louis Fleeming Jenkin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Louis Fleeming Jenkin Died at 22 (1895-1917) - Planes shot down: 22

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John Leacroft is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
John Leacroft Died at 83 (1888-1971) - Planes shot down: 22

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Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith Died at 68 (1884-1952) - Planes shot down: 22

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Francis Cubbon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Francis Cubbon Died at 25 (1892-1917) - Planes shot down: 21

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William John Charles Kennedy-C... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
William John Charles Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick Planes shot down: 21

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Richard Maybery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Richard Maybery Died at 22 (1895-1917) - Planes shot down: 21

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George Edwin Thomson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
George Edwin Thomson Died at 21 (1897-1918) - Planes shot down: 21

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Leonard Monteagle Barlow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Leonard Monteagle Barlow Died at 20 (1898-1918) - Planes shot down: 20

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Ian Donald Roy McDonald is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Ian Donald Roy McDonald Planes shot down: 20

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Frederick Thayre is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top World War I Aces of United Kingdom
Frederick Thayre Planes shot down: 20