German Ace – Hans-Ulrich Rudel – Eagle of the Eastern Front – Greatest Fighter Pilot and Most Decorated German in WW II

Hans-Ulrich Rudel was a German ground-attack pilot, and the most decorated German serviceman of World War II, being the sole recipient of the Knight’s Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Post-war, he was a prominent neo-Nazi activist in Latin America and West Germany. During the war, Rudel was credited with the destruction of 519 tanks, as well as one battleship, one cruiser,Continue reading “German Ace – Hans-Ulrich Rudel – Eagle of the Eastern Front – Greatest Fighter Pilot and Most Decorated German in WW II”

Gabby Gabreski: America’s Two-War Ace – WW II and Korea

Francis Stanley “Gabby” Gabreski was a Polish-American career pilot in the United States Air Force (USAF). He was the top American and United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter ace over Europe during World War II and a jet fighter ace with the Air Force in the Korean War. Although best known for his credited destructionContinue reading “Gabby Gabreski: America’s Two-War Ace – WW II and Korea”

Lieutenant Indra Lal Roy, DFC – The First and the Only Indian Air Ace

World War I had about 1.5 million Indians fighting in every theatre of the battle. Among the handful of Indians who fought in the air was a gifted combat pilot who would go on to become India’s first and only fighter ace, Indra Lal ‘Laddie’ Roy. Yet few Indians know about the story of this incredibleContinue reading “Lieutenant Indra Lal Roy, DFC – The First and the Only Indian Air Ace”

Charles B. DeBellevue – Top American Ace of the Vietnam War – A Non-Pilot – First Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Ace

While aces are generally thought of exclusively as fighter pilots, but such status has been also accorded to gunners on bombers or reconnaissance aircraft, and to observers in two-seater fighters such as the early Bristol F-2b, and Navigators/weapons officers in aircraft like the F-4 Phantom. Because pilots often teamed with different air crew members, anContinue reading “Charles B. DeBellevue – Top American Ace of the Vietnam War – A Non-Pilot – First Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Ace”

“Triple Ace” American Fighter Pilot “Robin Olds” – World War II and Vietnam War

Robin Olds was a “triple ace” American fighter pilot with a combined total of 17 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 as a Brigadier General of the United States Air Force (USAF) after 30 years of service. The son of Army Air Force Major General Robert Olds, he wasContinue reading ““Triple Ace” American Fighter Pilot “Robin Olds” – World War II and Vietnam War”

German Ace – General Adolf Galland – 104 Aerial Victories – all against the Western Allies

Adolf Josef Ferdinand Galland was a German Luftwaffe General and flying ace who served throughout the WW II in Europe. Flew 705 combat missions. On four occasions, he survived being shot down, and was credited with 104 aerial victories, all against the Western Allies. He became a glider pilot in 1929. In 1932, he graduated asContinue reading “German Ace – General Adolf Galland – 104 Aerial Victories – all against the Western Allies”

“Johnnie” Johnson – Highest Scoring Western Fighter Ace in WW II Against Germany

Air Vice Marshal James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson, CB, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar. A Royal Air Force (RAF) flying Ace of the World War II. He was a qualified engineer, and a passionate rugby player. Johnson was interested in aviation. When  applied to join the RAF, he was initially rejected, first on social,Continue reading ““Johnnie” Johnson – Highest Scoring Western Fighter Ace in WW II Against Germany”

Ace of Aces. Manfred von Richthofen “Red Baron”

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, more commonly known as Baron von Richthofen, and famous as the “Red Baron”, was a fighter pilot with the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte (German Air Force, air arm of the Imerial German Army) during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces for his 80 air combat victories. Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to theContinue reading “Ace of Aces. Manfred von Richthofen “Red Baron””

Fighter Ace Douglas Bader – Determined Dogmatic and Fearless

Gp Capt Sir Douglas Robert Bader, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC&Bar, DL, FRAeS was a Royal Air Force (RAF) flying ace of World War II. He was credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probable, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. Bader joined the RAF in 1928, and was commissioned inContinue reading “Fighter Ace Douglas Bader – Determined Dogmatic and Fearless”