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An ace is a military aviator or airman credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft. The term ace originated in World War I when French newspapers described Adolphe Pègoud as l'as (French for ace) after he shot down five German aircraft.
  Name Victories
1861 Scotland Young, Graham Conacher 5
1862 Germany Zander, Martin 5
1863 Germany Zenzes, Alexander 18
1864 England Zink, Edmund Leonard 5
1865 Germany Zorn, Wilhelm 8
Records - 1861 to 1865 of 1865
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