READ The Top World War I Aces  

Barbara Gaston
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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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 25 (1891-1916) - Planes shot down: 40.