Wars The Top World War I Aces  

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A list of the best World War I Aces. That is, WW1 Aces 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. From Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) to Eddie Rickenbacker, this list of Aces of WW1 contains all of the best.

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

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René Fonck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top World War I Aces
René Fonck Died at 59 (1894-1953) - Planes shot down: 75.

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Mick Mannock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Mick Mannock Died at 31 (1887-1918) - Planes shot down: 73.

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Billy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Billy Bishop Died at 62 (1894-1956) - Planes shot down: 72.

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Ernst Udet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Ernst Udet Died at 45 (1896-1941) - Planes shot down: 62.

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Raymond Collishaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Raymond Collishaw Died at 83 (1893-1976) - Planes shot down: 60.

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James McCudden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top World War I Aces
James McCudden Died at 23 (1895-1918) - Planes shot down: 57.

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Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor Planes shot down: 54.

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Erich Loewenhardt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Erich Loewenhardt Planes shot down: 54.

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Donald MacLaren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Donald MacLaren Died at 95 (1893-1988) - Planes shot down: 54.

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Georges Guynemer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Georges Guynemer Died at 23 (1894-1917) - Planes shot down: 53.

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William George Barker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top World War I Aces
William George Barker Died at 36 (1894-1930) - Planes shot down: 50.

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Josef Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Josef Jacobs Planes shot down: 48.

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Werner Voss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Werner Voss Died at 20 (1897-1917) - Planes shot down: 48.

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Robert A. Little is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Robert A. Little Died at 23 (1895-1918) - Planes shot down: 47.

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George McElroy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top World War I Aces
George McElroy Died at 25 (1893-1918) - Planes shot down: 47.

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Fritz Rumey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Fritz Rumey Died at 27 (1891-1918) - Planes shot down: 45.

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Albert Ball is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Albert Ball Died at 21 (1896-1917) - Planes shot down: 44.

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Rudolf Berthold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Rudolf Berthold Died at 29 (1891-1920) - Planes shot down: 44.

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Bruno Loerzer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Bruno Loerzer Died at 69 (1891-1960) - Planes shot down: 44.

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Paul Bäumer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Paul Bäumer Died at 31 (1896-1927) - Planes shot down: 43.

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Tom F. Hazell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Tom F. Hazell Died at 54 (1892-1946) - Planes shot down: 43.

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Charles Nungesser is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Charles Nungesser Died at 35 (1892-1927) - Planes shot down: 43.

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Georges Madon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Georges Madon Died at 32 (1892-1924) - Planes shot down: 41.

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

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Franz Büchner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Franz Büchner Died at 22 (1898-1920) - Planes shot down: 40.

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Philip F. Fullard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Philip F. Fullard Died at 87 (1897-1984) - Planes shot down: 40.

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

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Roderic Dallas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Roderic Dallas Died at 27 (1891-1918) - Planes shot down: 39.

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Charles George Gass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Charles George Gass Died at 79 (1898-1977) - Planes shot down: 39.

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John Inglis Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top World War I Aces
John Inglis Gilmour Died at 32 (1896-1928) - Planes shot down: 39.

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Heinrich Ritter von Gontermann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Heinrich Ritter von Gontermann Died at 21 (1896-1917) - Planes shot down: 39.

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William Lancelot Jordan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top World War I Aces
William Lancelot Jordan Died at 35 (1896-1931) - Planes shot down: 39.

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Carl Menckhoff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Carl Menckhoff Died at 65 (1883-1948) - Planes shot down: 39.

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Alfred Atkey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Alfred Atkey Died at 77 (1894-1971) - Planes shot down: 38.

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William Gordon Claxton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top World War I Aces
William Gordon Claxton Planes shot down: 37.

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Willy Coppens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Willy Coppens Died at 94 (1892-1986) - Planes shot down: 37.

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James Ira Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top World War I Aces
James Ira Thomas Jones Died at 64 (1896-1960) - Planes shot down: 37.

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Karl Bolle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Karl Bolle Died at 62 (1893-1955) - Planes shot down: 36.

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Julius Buckler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Julius Buckler Died at 66 (1894-1960) - Planes shot down: 36.

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Joseph Stewart Temple Fall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Joseph Stewart Temple Fall Died at 93 (1895-1988) - Planes shot down: 36.

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Max Ritter von Müller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Max Ritter von Müller Planes shot down: 36.

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Maurice Boyau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Maurice Boyau Died at 30 (1888-1918) - Planes shot down: 35.

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Godwin von Brumowski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Godwin von Brumowski Died at 47 (1889-1936) - Planes shot down: 35.

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Gustav Dörr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Gustav Dörr Died at 41 (1887-1928) - Planes shot down: 35.

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Otto Könnecke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Otto Könnecke Died at 64 (1892-1956) - Planes shot down: 35.

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Frederick McCall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Frederick McCall Died at 53 (1896-1949) - Planes shot down: 35.

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Eduard Ritter von Schleich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Eduard Ritter von Schleich Died at 59 (1888-1947) - Planes shot down: 35.

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Emil Thuy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Emil Thuy Died at 36 (1894-1930) - Planes shot down: 35.

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Josef Veltjens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top World War I Aces
Josef Veltjens Died at 49 (1894-1943) - Planes shot down: 35.