Who was Eddie Rickenbacker?

Introduction Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (08 October 1890 to 23 July 1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I and a Medal of Honour recipient. With 26 aerial victories, he was the United States’ most successful fighter ace in the war and is considered to have received the most awards for valour by an… Read More

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Who was Anton Benning?

Introduction Anton Hermann Benning (15 May 1918 to 29 September 2013) was a German Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. Career Benning joined the Luftwaffe in 1938 and was initially posted as a flying instructor. As a transport pilot flying the Junkers Ju 52, he… Read More

Who was Lothar von Richthofen?

Introduction Lothar Siegfried Freiherr von Richthofen (27 September 1894 to 04 July 1922) was a German First World War fighter ace credited with 40 victories. He was a younger brother of top-scoring ace Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron) and a distant cousin of Luftwaffe Field Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen. Following the war, he worked… Read More

Who was Werner Voss?

Introduction Werner Voss (German: Werner Voß; 13 April 1897 to 23 September 1917) was a World War I German flying ace credited with 48 aerial victories. A dyer’s son from Krefeld, he was a patriotic young man even while still in school. He began his military career in November 1914 as a 17‑year‑old Hussar. After… Read More

Who was Saburo Sakai?

Introduction Sub-Lieutenant Saburō Sakai (坂井 三郎, Sakai Saburō, 25 August 1916 to 22 September 2000) was a Japanese naval aviator and flying ace (“Gekitsui-O”, 撃墜王) of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Sakai had 28-64 aerial victories (including shared) by official Japanese records, while his autobiography Samurai!, co-written by Martin Caidin and Fred… Read More

Who was W.G.G. Duncan Smith?

Introduction Group Captain Wilfrid George Gerald Duncan Smith, DSO & Bar, DFC & Two Bars, AE (28 May 1914 to 11 December 1996) was a Royal Air Force flying ace of the Second World War. He was the father of Iain Duncan Smith, a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1992 and Leader of the Conservative… Read More