Top Pilot of WW1

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who in you opinion was the Top Ace of WW1

  1. Bromowski Austria 35

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  2. Little Australia 47

    7.3%
  3. Coppens Belgium 37

    4.9%
  4. Barker Canada 50

    2.4%
  5. Bishop Canada 72

    9.8%
  6. Collishaw Canada 60

    4.9%
  7. MacLaren Canada 54

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  8. Fonck France 75

    2.4%
  9. Guynemer France 53

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  10. Löwenhardt Germany 54

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  11. Richthofen Germany 80

    51.2%
  12. Udet Germany 60

    4.9%
  13. Baracca Italy 34

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  14. Caldwell New Zealand 25

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  15. Kozakov Russia 20

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  16. Beauchamp-Proctor South Africa 54

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  17. McCudden UK 57

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  18. Mannock UK 61

    2.4%
  19. Rickenbacker US 26

    2.4%
  20. Other

    7.3%
  1. pbfoot

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    This is a list of all the pilots with over 50 kills and leading pilots of all major participants I tried to be inclusive of all the participants and realize some like Ball and Boelke are absent
     
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    I have to go with the "Red Baron" on this one...his skills and his unusual death makes him my favorite.
     
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    I've always been partial to Barker his solo combat against the entire JG3 and its 60 Fokker DV V11 in which shot down 3 has to rank of one the epic air to air combats
     
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    Vote for Mannock. Of the above list (and at least one that was left off), he, Richtoffen and Boelke were the best leaders of the bunch. The rest were great aces, but so were Mannock, Richtoffen and Boelke. Figure something should seperate them out. And for my choice, I go with Leadership.

    If Mannock were eliminated, I would go with Boelke. His ideas are the basis of air combat even today. In the furball, he still rules 91 years later.

    Richtoffen was great as an ace, a hunter and a leader. Well, good as a leader, great in the other two realms. But he was building off Boelke who had developed the foundation.

    But neither one would be #1 because there were fighting against substandard aircraft for most of their time. The Be2, DH2, Ect were lesser aircraft to the Albatross. Their kills, while not easy, were easier.

    Mannock gets my vote cause he was both an ace and a trainer. He did similar things to his units that Boelke did to his ("Never from below, seldom from the same altitude, usually from above"). He was not what would be called a "nice person", but he was a very good leader and ace. And the aircraft he fought against were generally superior or at least on a par with what he was flying.
     
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    I went with Little. There was a spell where he was shooting down planes at a pace that would of given him over 100 kills by the end of the war. Also Beauchamp-Proctor and Collishaw need some mention as they were great tacticians as well. Marksman goes to Fonck. I also agree with Tim's assessment of Mannock.
     
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    I have to go with Richthofen.

    Some people say his skills were not as great as others but I look at this way: He was a hunter and a killer and he was an expert at what he did.

    There may have been other pilots that were better in individual catagories such as leadership, dogfighting, bouncing, etc... but for me Richthofen was combined those qualities overall to make him the best.

    Besides his kills says it all...

    The first Ace of Aces.
     
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    Richthofen...His 80 victories gives him the nod for me.

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    Collishaw for me, he was a great leader fought in several different wars, was great when in charge of middle east early WW II. He was well known to give kills to others on his squadron
     
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    You are right here....a name that will be remembered in the history perhaps forever although its pretty weird that the people who killed many other people remain in history...
     
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    Warriors are judged differently.
     
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    This is a good assessment of it and is how I think about it. Richthofen for me to.
     
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    IMHO it should be Oswalt Boelke. The first real ace (together with Immelman), laid the foundation of modern Airial combat. Richthoven really looked up to him, even still when his score became twice as high as Boelcke's. The Red Baron learned his flying and tactics from this great flyer.
    Boelcke was never defeated by an enemy, he died in a crash with a rooky german pilot.
     
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    Where's Charles Nungesser? Despite all his wounds and broken bones, he was still flying and shooting down enemies.....

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    The Red Baron is one of my all-time favorites.
     
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    The Red Baron made too many mistakes the day he died to be ranked as the best, albeit he was not in very good shape at that time. Bishop gets my vote.

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    How does one mission with mistakes take away from all of your other achievments. Was he the only pilot who made mistakes and died?

    Come on now, I know Bishop is Canadian but...
     
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    Well Bishop is the third highest scorer on the list, although Mannock is often credited with 73. He got his 72 kills in a remarkably short time at the front. He was an expert marksman who hand loaded his own guns. Near the end of the war he shot down 25 planes in 10 days. He was an excellant leader who survived the war and went on to make a significant contribution in WW II.

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    I will not argue that he is a great pilot and made a great contribution to the war.

    By the way what do you think about the fact that a great many of his kills are under dispute today. Not saying I agree or disagree, just wanting your opinion.
     
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    I voted Rene Fonke, #2 ace of the war. In terms skill/love of flying though, I think I would have gone with Guynemer. Nungesser is a fav of mine too, even if he was reckless.

    Of the aces above, it seems only Udet came away from the war with new theories concerning airpower, based on his previous experience.
     
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    Actually Billy Bishops war record holds up quite well ,when compared to his peers. The controversy started in 1982 when a film maker, using government funds, produced a "docu drama" entitled "The Kid that couldn't miss". The producer openly admitted that his intent from the outset was to produce an anti hero movie. Because it was very poorly researched ,containing many factual errors, the film lost what little creditability it had and was more or less forgotten , but oddly enough is still available from the national film board of Canada.

    More recently{2002} a Canadian historical writer named Greenhous published a book titled "The Making of Billy Bishop". This attack on Bishops credibility was more insidious , but just as unfounded.

    A good place to read up on the controversy is

    William "Billy" Bishop

    Read it over if you have the time and make your own conclusions. The sections cocerning his being awarded the VC are the most enlightening as that is the central area of the alleged conspiracy/controversy.

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