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Hans Christian Friedrich Donhauser (Hans Donahuser), 9 september 1894, Jasta 17, Victories 19

Christian Donhauser - was a German World War I fighter ace with 19 aerial victories.

Photo card of WWI German pilot Capt. Paul Freiher Von Peachmann awarded "Blue Max" July 31, 1917 as the first artillery and reconnaissance pilot to earn this award.

Photo card of WWI German pilot Capt. Paul Freiher Von Peachmann awarded "Blue Max" July 1917 as the first artillery and reconnaissance pilot to earn this award.

Leutnant Werner Voss, Jasta 10, Fokker Triplane.  Killed 23 September 1917 in an epic dogfight with 7 SE5As of 56 Squadron RFC.  "As long as I live I shall never forget my admiration for that German pilot, who single-handed fought seven of us for ten minutes, and also put some bullets through all of our machines. His flying was wonderful, his courage magnificent, and in my opinion he is the bravest German airman whom it has been my privilege to see fight" - Major James McCudden, 56 Sqdn RFC.

On this day in the German flying ace Werner Voss is shot down and killed during a dogfight with British pilots in the skies o.

Max Immelmann (21 September 1890 – 18 June 1916) was the first German World War I flying ace. He was a great pioneer in fighter aviation and is often mistakenly credited with the first aerial victory using a synchronized gun. His name has become attached to common flying tactics, and remains a byword in aviation.

Max Immelmann September 1890 – 18 June was the first German World War I flying ace.

Carl Degelow WW1 Pilot

Carl "Charly" Degelow January 1891 – 9 November Pour le Merite, Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross, was a German fighter pilot during World War I. He was credited with 30 victories, and was the last person to win the military Pour le Merite.

WW1 German Ace Pilot Hermann Goering

WW1 German Ace Pilot Hermann Goring Pour le Merite WWI

German Ace Pilot Hermann Goering Goering became a major figure in the Third Reich, assisting with the SA, heading the Gestapo, & becoming Reichmarshall of the Luftwaffe

French ace pilot Lieutenant Rene Fonck sits atop his WWI airplane - 42-26892021 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis

French ace pilot Lieutenant Rene Fonck sits atop his WWI airplane (Likely his cannon-armed SPAD XII) - - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis

WWI

A confident Lt. Heinrich Gontermann poses with his Albatros scout and ground crew, 1916 .

ACES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND THEIR AIRCRAFT

Q Leutnant Max Immelmann poses next to the wreckage of one of his 15 aerial victories a Royal Flying Corps BE

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