List of World War I aces from Poland

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This is a list of World War I flying aces who were born in the territory of the present-day Republic of Poland. Poland was not an independent country during World War I, and pilots born there served in several different air forces. They may therefore also appear in other lists of aces. Some of them also fought in the struggles that echoed through Europe in the aftermath of World War I.

Name Air service(s) Victories Notes
Manfred von Richthofen German Luftstreitkräfte 80 victories Leading ace of the war. Pour le Mérite plus 22 other awards.[1]
Godwin von 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 [8]
Wiktor Komorowski Imperial Russian Air Service 5 victories [8]
Julius Kowalczik Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen 5 victories[9]
Antoni Mroczkowski Imperial Russian Air Service, Polish Air Force 5 victories Served in Polish-Soviet War.[8]
Stefan Peter Austro-Hungarian Luftfahrtruppen 5 victories [8]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Franks, Bailey & Guest (1993), pp. 241–242.
  2. ^ "Godwin Brumowski". The Aerodrome. 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Frank Linke-Crawford". The Aerodrome. 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Franks, Bailey & Guest (1993), pp. 162–163.
  5. ^ "Donat Aduiovich Makeenok". The Aerodrome. 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Franks, Bailey & Guest (1993), pp. 198–199.
  7. ^ Franks, Bailey & Guest (1993), p. 107.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Notable Polish pilots of WWI". Rising of the Aces. 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Julius Kowalczik". The Aerodrome. 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
Bibliography
  • Franks, Norman; Bailey, Frank & Guest, Russell F. (1993). Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps 1914–1918. London, UK: Grub Street. ISBN 978-0-948817-73-1.