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The 'Ace' was born in the air war of World War 1 - led by none other than German high scorer Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron).

With the arrival of the armed, single-seat fighter in World War 1 arrived the term 'Ace' used to describe a military aviator who had acrued multiple air kills - typically five or more. The term originated from French newspapers of the period when aviator Adolphe Pegoud was credited with downing five German aircraft. Various measures were had by the various countries involved in the war to ensure that an air kill was indeed legitimate. In time, even individual bomber crewman - who could prove adept at taking down enemy fighters as well - were also given the title of Ace.
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Overall ranking for each pilot is shown in gray to left of pilot's name. Kill counts are shown in green to right of name.

1
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Manfred von Richthofen
80
2
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Rene Fonck
75
3
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William (Billy) Bishop
72
4
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Ernst Udet
62
5
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Edward Mannock
61
6
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Raymond Collishaw
60
7
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James Thomas McCudden
57
8
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Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor
54
9
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Erich Loewenhardt
54
10
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Donald MacLaren
54
11
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Georges Guynemer
53
12
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William George Barker
50
13
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Josef Carl Peter Jacobs
48
14
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Werner Voss
48
15
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Robert Alexander Little
47
16
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George Edward Henry McElroy
47
17
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Fritz Rumey
45
18
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Albert Ball
44
19
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Rudolph Berthold
44
20
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Bruno Loerzer
44
21
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Paul Wilhelm Baumer (Baeumer)
43
22
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Tom Falcon Hazell
43
23
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Charles Nungesser
43
24
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George Felix Madon
41
25
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Oswald Boelcke
40
26
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France Buchner (Buechner)
40
27
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Philip Fletcher Fullard
40
28
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Lothar Ritter von Richthofen
40
29
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Charles George Gass
39
30
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John Ingles Gilmour
39
31
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Heinrich Gontermann
39
32
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William Lancelot Jordan
39
33
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Karl Menckhoff
39
34
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Alfred Clayburn Atkey
38
35
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William Gordon Claxton
37
36
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Willy Coppens de Houthulst
37
37
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James Ira Thomas Jones
37
38
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Karl Bolle
36
39
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Julius Buckler
37
40
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Joseph Stewart Temple Fall
36
41
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Max Ritter von Mueller (Muller)
36
42
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Maruice Jean Paul Boyau
35
43
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Godwin Brumowski
35
44
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Gustav Doerr (Dorr)
35
45
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Otto Koennecke (Konnecke)
35
46
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Frederick Robert Gordon McCall
35
47
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Eduard Ritter von Schleich
35
48
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Emil Thuy
35
49
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Josef Veltjens
35
50
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Henry Winslow Woollett
35
51
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Francesco Baracca
34
52
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Michael Joseph Callixte Marie Coiffard
34
53
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Heinrich Bongartz
33
54
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Samuel Marcus Kinkead
33
55
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Heinrich Kroll
33
56
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Frank Granger Quigley
33
57
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Kurt Wolff
33
58
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Julius Arigi
32
59
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Geoffrey Hilton Bowman
32
60
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Roderic Stanley Dallas
32
61
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Hermann Frommherz
32
62
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Theodor Osterkamp
32
63
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Paul Billik
31
64
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Andrew Edward McKeever
31
65
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Gotthard Sachsenberg
31
66
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Julius Karl Allmenroeder (Allmenroder)
30
67
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Carl Degelow
30
68
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Josef Mai
30
69
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Ulrich Neckel
30
70
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Karl Emil Schaefer (Shafer)
30
71
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Samuel Frederick Henry Thompson
30
72
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Harald Auffarth (Auffahrt)
29
73
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Charles Dawson Booker
29
74
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Percy Jack Clayson
29
75
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Arthur Henry Cobby
29
76
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Leonard Henry Rochford
29
77
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Walter Blume
28
78
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Leon Jean Pierre Bourjade
28
79
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Walter von Buelow-Bothkamp
28
80
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Albert Desbrisay Carter
28
81
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Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg
28
82
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Robert Ritter von Greim
28
83
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John Everard Gurdon
28
84
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Reginald Theodore Carlos Hoidge
28
85
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Dennis Latimer
28
86
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Arthur Laumann
28
87
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Friedrich Ritter von Roeth (Roth)
28
88
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Otto Bernert
27
89
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Otto Fruhner
27
90
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Hans Kirschstein
27
91
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Frank Linke-Crawford
27
92
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Clifford Mackay McEwan
27
93
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Thomas Percy Middleton
27
94
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Armand Pinsard
27
95
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Frank Ormond Soden
27
96
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Karl Thom
27
97
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Adolf von Tutschek
27
98
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Arthur Treloar Whealy
27
99
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Kurt Wuesthoff (Wusthoff)
27
100
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Oskar Freiherr von Boenigk
26
101
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Eduard Ritter von Dostler
26
102
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Ronald Malcolm Fletcher
26
103
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William Frederick James Harvey
26
104
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Elwyn Roy King
26
105
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Gerald Joseph Constable Maxwell
26
106
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Max Naether (Nather)
26
107
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Edward (Eddie) Vernon Rickenbacker
26
108
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Silvio Scaroni
26
109
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William Ernest Staton
26
110
Canadian National Flag
William McKenzie Thomson
26
111
German Empire National Flag
Olivier Freiherr von Beaulieu-Marconnay
25
112
New Zealand National Flag
Keith Caldwell
25
113
United Kingdom National Flag
Robert J.O. Compston
25
114
German Empire National Flag
Georg von Hantelmann
25
115
German Empire National Flag
Fritz Putter
25
116
Canadian National Flag
Stanley Wallace Rosevear
25
117
German Empire National Flag
Erwin Bohme
24
118
British National Flag
Peter Carpenter
24
119
British National Flag
George S.L. Hayward
24
120
British National Flag
Harry G.E. Luchford
24
121
German Empire National Flag
Georg Meyer
24
122
British National Flag
Tom Cecil Noel
24
123
Kingdom of Italy National Flag
Pier Ruggero Piccio
24
124
Canadian National Flag
William Earnest Shields
24
125
British National Flag
James Anderson Slater
24
126
Canadian National Flag
William Melville Alexander
23
127
German Empire National Flag
Hermann Becker
23
128
British National Flag
William Charles Campbell
23
129
French National Flag
Rene Dorme
23
130
British National Flag
Matthew Brown Frew
23
131
French National Flag
Gabriel Guerin
23
132
British National Flag
Howard Percy Lale
23
133
Australian National Flag
Alexander Pentland
23
134
British National Flag
Harold Whistler
23
135
German Empire National Flag
Hermann Goring
22
136
South African National Flag
Thomas Sinclair Harrison
22
137
French National Flag
Marcel Haegelen
22
138
British National Flag
Louis Fleeming Jenkin
22
139
British National Flag
Cecil Frederick King
22
140
German Empire National Flag
Hans Klein
22
141
British National Flag
John Leacroft
22
142
British National Flag
Arthur Ernest Newland
22
143
German Empire National Flag
Hans Martin Pippart
22
144
German Empire National Flag
Werner Preuss
22
145
French National Flag
Pierre Marinovitch
22
146
British National Flag
Benjamin Roxburgh-Smith
22
147
German Empire National Flag
Karl Schlegel
22
148
Canadian National Flag
Joseph Leonard Maries White
22
149
German Empire National Flag
Rudolf Windisch
22
150
German Empire National Flag
Hans von Adam
21
151
German Empire National Flag
Friedrich Altemeier
21
152
Kingdom of Italy National Flag
Flavio Baracchini
21
153
British Empire National Flag
Francis Cubbon
21
154
German Empire National Flag
Friedrich Friedrichs
21
155
French National Flag
Alfred Heurtaux
21
156
Canadian National Flag
Charles Hickey
21
157
German Empire National Flag
Fritz Hohn
21
158
British Empire National Flag
William John Charles Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick
21
159
British Empire National Flag
Richard Maybery
21
160
Australian National Flag
Edgar McCloughry
21
161
Australian National Flag
Richard Minifie
21
162
German Empire National Flag
Friedrich T. Noltenius
21
163
British Empire National Flag
George Edwin Thomson
21
164
British Empire National Flag
Leonard Monteagle Barlow
20

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