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15 Nov 2017 7:26 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Jun 2016 9:00 a.m. PST

Which ace pilot of WWI is your favorite?

Chris Wimbrow04 Jun 2016 9:17 a.m. PST

Frank Luke.

Veteran Cosmic Rocker Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 9:45 a.m. PST

Ball – my great grandfather was in the RFC, one of the first to join, and consequently went from being a pilot on the front line to being a trainer.

He knew Ball, Maddock and others. Ball was the one that my grandfather thought was a natural.

Dynaman878904 Jun 2016 9:57 a.m. PST

Red Baron – only name I can remember so he wins by default.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 9:59 a.m. PST

Barker if I had to choose, but there were a lot of interesting guys.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:07 a.m. PST

Ball and then Raoul Lufbery

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 10:42 a.m. PST

Probably Josef Jacobs for me, but it definitely changes depending what I've been reading most recently. Other candidates would include McCudden, Udet, Collishaw, Berthold, Pinsard, and of course not-an-ace-but-a-legend Louis Strange.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:54 a.m. PST

Oswald Boelke.

To quote JE Johnson's book..

In January, they (Boelke and Immelmann) were awarded a high decoration, the 'Pour le Merite', and 2 days later Boelke celebrated by accounting for his ninth Allied aeroplane.
During the previous summer Boelke had dived into a canal and rescued a French youth from drowning. His commanding officer recommended him for the German life saving medal, and this was duly awarded. It says much for the character of the German pilot that he derived almost as much pleasure from this medal as for the 'Pour le Merite'.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 11:09 a.m. PST

M.v.Richthofen, Boelke, Udet, then about 50 tied for 4th…

Fat Wally04 Jun 2016 11:12 a.m. PST

Boelke & Mannock

vonMallard Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 11:43 a.m. PST

Willy Cowpens and Eddie Rickenbacker, and Nathan Zackery (LOL)

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 11:58 a.m. PST

Frank Luke the balloon buster

wrgmr104 Jun 2016 12:20 p.m. PST

Wener Voss, Raymond Coltishaw, James McCudden

Sundance04 Jun 2016 12:21 p.m. PST

I have to admit since I was a kid I've been fascinated by Richthofen. I have every book about him I've been able to track down. BUT…there are a number of very colorful and interesting personalities among the WWI pilots.

WCTFreak04 Jun 2016 12:24 p.m. PST

What about Göring?

BW195904 Jun 2016 1:47 p.m. PST

Luke, Rickenbacker, & Stark (I like his pink DVII)


B6GOBOS Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 1:58 p.m. PST

Ltd. David Endicot Putnam.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 2:23 p.m. PST


Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 2:45 p.m. PST

Oh man, I forgot about Voss! So, about 50 tied for 5th…

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 3:54 p.m. PST

Albert Ball

There's a poem in "Billy Bishop Goes to War" with the refrain

He courted the Reaper like the woman of his dreams
And the Reaper smiled each time he came to call.
But the English like their heroes cold and dead, it seems,
And the coldest of them all was Albert Ball.

I can relate.


Twig6604 Jun 2016 4:02 p.m. PST

Edmond Thieffry

Crazyfrenchteacher Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 4:30 p.m. PST

Billy Bishop all the way

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 5:07 p.m. PST

If only one, then Rickenbacker.


liborn Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 5:19 p.m. PST

Udet & Voss

wrgmr104 Jun 2016 5:30 p.m. PST

Voss's Triplane,



Raymond Collishaw


James McCudden


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 5:44 p.m. PST

Billy Bishop!

jgibbons Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 5:55 p.m. PST

Voss.. His final dogfight was amazing…

14Bore04 Jun 2016 6:16 p.m. PST

Frank Luke, fellow 27th squadon member.

21eRegt04 Jun 2016 6:35 p.m. PST

Voss, Guynemer, Richthofen, Ball and Rickenbacker are my top five.

Combat Colours Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 8:36 p.m. PST

Raoul Lufbery.

Mako11 Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 10:33 p.m. PST

Manfred von Richtofen, though Boelke gets honorable mention for his dicta.

Don't know about Voss, Udet, and the others. May need to read up on them a bit, again.

Chris Wimbrow05 Jun 2016 3:12 a.m. PST

A great starting point, for any who aren't already there:

Just remember the OP was about a "favorite."

noigrim05 Jun 2016 3:48 a.m. PST

Francesco Baracca you guys are too mainstream ;)

Sobieski Inactive Member05 Jun 2016 4:42 a.m. PST

Charles Nungesser.

Blutarski05 Jun 2016 6:22 a.m. PST

Baracca lives on to this day. The prancing horse that was always featured on his a/c was later adopted by Enzo Ferrari as the logo for his automobile company.

Rene Fonck, highest scoring Entente ace, deserves mention.

Totally agree with C Wimbrow re The Aerodrome Forum – an indispensable reference source populated by people who actually know what they are talking about.

Also well worth a visit –

- a WW1 aviation company owned by Peter Jackson (yes Gimli, THAT Peter Jackson) which is doing some absolutely mind-blowing work. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED …. especially if you are interested in learning what is involved in the manufacture of brand new vintage WW1 aviation engines (Bentleys, Clergets, Oberursels, Mercedes). Very cool site.


Great War Ace Inactive Member05 Jun 2016 7:07 a.m. PST

Bruno Stachel

Timmo uk05 Jun 2016 7:22 a.m. PST

Rickenbacker as I had a Rickenbacker guitar. The company slightly changed their name to honour the Ace. I think the original was Richenbacker or similar.

Voss as he was a natural pilot, worked with the ground crew on his aircraft and was clearly fearless. At one point, before he threw his life away, it was looking likely that he could eclipse Richthofen's score.

handgrenadealien05 Jun 2016 10:50 a.m. PST

Victor Maslin Yeates.

Hussar123 Inactive Member05 Jun 2016 3:47 p.m. PST

Josef Kiss

ubercommando Inactive Member05 Jun 2016 3:49 p.m. PST

Mannock. He wasn't a natural but he overcame his modest background and being blind in one eye to become the top British ace and could have scored more kills than Von Richthoven had he been more selfish and claimed the credit for shared kills. He had a no-nonsense approach to combat as well. A complicated character as well which makes him more intriguing.

wrgmr105 Jun 2016 5:14 p.m. PST

Forgot about Mannock, he was a good one.

Stavka05 Jun 2016 8:19 p.m. PST

Raymond Collishaw, as apparently my dad took me to meet him at some dinner event back somewhere in British Columbia when I was about five or six years old.

Can't remember the event of course, but at least I can say I have been spoken to by a living WW1 flying ace!

Victor Maslin Yeates- Winged Victory is still one of my favourite war novels, ever.

Jim Selzer05 Jun 2016 9:34 p.m. PST

Snoopy of course

Personal logo Michael Hatch Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Jun 2016 10:14 p.m. PST

Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy.


Michael in Cloverdale.

wrgmr107 Jun 2016 8:57 p.m. PST

Michael – every now and again I take out the Bandy Papers and read the whole series, just for fun. Love them!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 2:31 p.m. PST


Wulfgar08 Jun 2016 5:50 p.m. PST

Albert Ball and Ernst Udet.

Karellian Knight10 Jun 2016 4:52 a.m. PST

Albert Ball.

Bearserker Inactive Member10 Jun 2016 11:12 p.m. PST

Ernst Udet tops them all in my book. Highest scoring surviving WW1 German pilot with 62 kills. Flying as a barnstormer and movie stuntman between the wars. Helping to create the Luftwaffe and pioneering German dive bombing tactics. He was a true adventurer and aviation pioneer. Unfortunately, he had a dark side as well. He drank to excess and was a known womanizer. His affiliation with the Nazi party, Hitler and Goering led to his eventual downfall and suicide. All in all, the man led a hell of a life!

cplcampisi12 Jun 2016 11:26 a.m. PST

Silvio Scaroni is my favorite Italian ace -- he didn't score as many victories as Francesco Baracca, but he racked up an impressive number in a short time. He may have even surpassed Baracca if an almost fatal event hadn't kept him out for the last six months of the war.

Also he flew a Hanriot HD.1 which one of my favorite fighters. :-)

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