List of World War I aces from New Zealand

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Below is the list of World War I flying aces from New Zealand. While New Zealand did not have its own military air service during World War I, many New Zealanders did join Australian or British military aviation to fight in the war. Some of New Zealand's first class of aces continued to serve post-war, whether in the Royal Air Force or the Royal New Zealand Air Force; some served in World War II. Several earned advanced rank in the process.

Name Air service(s) Victories Notes
Keith Caldwell Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force 25 Rose to Air Commodore in RNZAF[1]
Keith Park Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 20 Rose to Chief Air Marshal; was a crucial commander in the Battle of Britain[2]
Ronald Bannerman Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 17 Rose to Air Commodore[3]
Arthur Coningham Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 14 Rose to Air Marshal in RAF; pioneered close air support[4]
Herbert Gilles Watson Australian Flying Corps 14 Highest scoring New Zealander in the AFC[5]
Clive Franklyn Collett Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 12 First military pilot in British service to parachute from an airplane in January 1917[6]
Harold Beamish Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force 11 Highest scoring New Zealander in the RNAS[7]
Malcolm C. McGregor Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 11[8]
Frederick Gordon Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 9[9]
Herbert Drewitt Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 7 Earned a DFC for trench strafing exploits[10]
Thomas Culling Royal Naval Air Service 6 New Zealand's first ace; Stan Dallas's wingman[11]
Forster Maynard Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force 6 Rose to Air Vice Marshal in RAF;[12] commanded air defense of Malta during WWII
Carrick Paul Australian Flying Corps 5[13]
Alan Scott Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force 5 Rose to Group Captain before early death[14]

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