List of World War I aces from Poland

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This is a list of flying aces from Poland who fought in World War I. Poland was not an independent state during the war, and Polish pilots served in several different air forces. Some of them also fought in the struggles that echoed through Europe in the aftermath of the Great War.

The table includes World War I aces who were born in or were citizens of conquered Poland. Due to dual citizenship and/or other variations in allegiance, they may also appear in other lists of aces.

Name Air service(s) Victories Notes
Manfred von Richthofen German Luftstreitkräfte 80 victories Leading ace of the war. Pour le Merite plus 22 other awards[1]
Godwin Brumowski Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen 35 victories Leading Austro-Hungarian ace. Order of the Iron Crown, Order of Leopold, Medal for Bravery, Military Merit Medal, Iron Cross[2]
Frank Linke-Crawford Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen 27 victories Fourth ranking Austro-Hungarian ace. Order of the Iron Crown[3]
Hans-Georg von der Marwitz German Luftstreitkräfte 15 victories Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross[4]
Donat Makijonek Imperial Russian Air Service, Polish Air Force 8 victories Cross of Saint George (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Class Awards), Order of Saint Vladimir, Order of Saint Stanislaus (Imperial House of Romanov), Order of Saint Anne (3rd and 4th Class Awards)[5]
Hans Schilling German Luftstreitkräfte 8 victories Royal House Order of Hohenzollern[6]
Alfred Fleischer German Luftstreitkräfte 6 victories Iron Cross First Class[7]
Mieczysław Garsztka German Luftstreitkräfte, Polish Air Force 6 victories Iron Cross First and Second Class, Virtuti Militari Fifth Class[8]
Tadeusz Grochowalski Imperial Russian Air Service 5 victories [9]
Viktor Komorovski Imperial Russian Air Service 5 victories [10]
Julius Kowalczik Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen 5 victories[11]
Antoni E. Mroszkowski Imperial Russian Air Service, Polish Air Force 5 victories Served in Polish-Soviet War[12]
Stefan Peter Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen 5 victories [13]

Endnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Franks, Bailey, Guest, 1993. pp. 241–242
  2. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/austrhun/brumowski.php Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/austrhun/linke-crawford.php Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Above the Lines", pp. 162-163.
  5. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/russia/makeenok.php Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  6. ^ Franks, et al. Above the Lines, pp. 198-199.
  7. ^ Franks, et al. Above the Lines, p. 107.
  8. ^ http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/ww1pol.htm Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  9. ^ http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/ww1pol.htm Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  10. ^ http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/ww1pol.htm Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/austrhun/kowalczik.php Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  12. ^ http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/ww1pol.htm Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  13. ^ http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/ww1pol.htm Retrieved 22 March 2011.