An Ace is considered a pilot who has shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft.
The following is a list of the top ten Aces of World War I, sorted by number
of victories and country. The United States did not enter the war until it
was almost over, so the top American Ace, Eddie Rickenbacker, comes in
107th place with 26 victories. He did this in only a few months.
Pilot Country Victories Manfred von Richthofen Germany 80 Rene Fonck France 75 William Bishop Canada 72 Ernst Udet Germany 62 Raymond Collishaw Canada 61 Edward Mannock Great Britain 61 James McCudden Great Britain 57 Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor Great Britain 54 Erich Lowenhardt Germany 54 Donald MacLaren Canada 54
The following is a list of the top ten American Aces of World War I,
sorted by number of victories.
Pilot Country Victories Eddie Rickenbacker USA 26 Fred Gillet USA 20 Wilfred Beaver USA 19 Howard Kullberg USA 19 William Lambert USA 18 Frank Luke USA 18 August Iaccaci USA 17 Paul Iaccaci USA 17 Eugene Coler USA 16 Raoul Lufbery USA 16