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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.

Top 10 aces of World War I

Manfred von Richthofen
René Fonck
William Bishop
Ernst Udet
Edward Mannock
Raymond Collishaw
James McCudden
Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor
Erich Löwenhardt
Donald MacLaren
 
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Articles
Cavalry of the Clouds
Published in 1917 as "An Airman's Outing," English ace Alan Bott describes the daily life of a British flying officer in France.
Claims Documentation
Frank Olynyk digs out microfilm copies of some World War I records to explain what documentation exists on the German, British, French and American victory claims and losses.
Flying for France
James McConnell's account of his experiences with the American Escadrille at Verdun.
Frank Luke Monument Restored
After decades of neglect, the monument to Frank Luke is restored.
How I Shot Down 62 Planes
The amazing story of Ernst Udet's war-time conquest.
Military Ranks
Newspaper Articles
Articles and items of interest from the newspapers of the past.
RFC Pilot Training
Michael Skeet looks at pilot training in the Royal Flying Corps during late 1916 and early 1917.
Too Old at Twenty-Five
What Boy Airmen are Doing at the Front
Victory Scores
Barrett Tillman discusses a variety of victory credits for aerial combat.
 
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