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Irish aces of WWI



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All the lists present the following data:
Name and (when known) first name are presented with arbitrary choice for the spelling (russian, german, arab names...).
RANK of the pilot: see the rank page for the meaning of the abbreviations and the equivalence.
According to the pages, COUNTRY, NATION for the nationality or ethnic origin, AIR_SERVICE for the air arm, are provided.
The number of victories represents usually the total of kills (individual plus shared). The shared kills are indicated when known under the form [indiv+shared]. The official score is indicated when different from the total (American and British scores of ww2 for example).
Authors of the SOURCES column are given; report to the bibliography page to find the books, articles, web pages in alphabetical order. The OTHER_SOURCES column presents the divergent scores with sometimes the author of the source.
The DETAIL column shows occasionally the type of kill, balloons, V-1s, ground kills, unconfirmed kills...
The NOTE column exposes different commentaries and for lack of space, abbreviations are used: report to the abbreviation page for their meaning.




Updated: 08/11/2007

Rank First Name Name Ww1 Victories Sources Detail Air Service Units Death Note Other Sources
Maj Edward C. MANNOCK 61 [51+10] C.Shores et al. (1 balloon)(41 kills+20 OoC) RFC & RAF 40Sq, 74Sq, 85Sq 26/07/1918 Nieuport and SE-5 ace, 1917-18. KIA. 73
Capt George Edward Henry MCELROY 46 [43+3] C.Shores et al. (3 balloons)(31 kills+15 OoC) RFC 40Sq, 24Sq 31/07/1917 SE-5 ace, 1917, KIA. 47
Capt Tom Falcon HAZELL 43 [37+6] C.Shores et al. (10 balloons)(29 kills+14 OoC) RFC & RAF 1Sq RFC, 24Sq RAF Nieuport ace, 1917; SE5 ace, 1918. 41
Capt Dennis LATIMER 28 [25+3] C.Shores et al. (18 kills+10 OoC) RAF 20Sq Bristol Fighter ace, 1918. POW. 23
Maj William John C. Kennedy COCHRAN-PATRICK 21 [16+5] C.Shores et al. (3 with obs.)(11 kills+10 OoC) RFC 1Aero.Depot, 70Sq, 23Sq, 60Sq 27/09/1933 Spad VII best ace, 1917.
Maj William Earle 'Moley' MOLESWORTH 18 [17+1] C.Shores et al. (1 balloon)(13 kills+5 OoC) RFC 60Sq, 29 Sq Nieuport Scout ace, SE-5, 1917-18.
Capt Walter Alexander TYRRELL 17 [12+5] C.Shores et al. (9 kills+8 OoC) RFC & RAF 32Sq 09/06/1918 DH5 ace, 1917; SE5 ace, 1918. KIA.
Sgt John J. COWELL 16 N.Franks-R.Guest (6 kills+10 OoC) RFC & RAF 20Sq (observer) 30/07/1918 FE2 observer ace, 1917. KIA.
Capt Oscar Aloysius Patrick HERON 13 [12+1] C.Shores et al. (11 kills+2 OoC) RAF 70Sq Camel ace, 1918.
FCdr Guy William PRICE 12 [7+5] C.Shores et al. (6 kills+6 OoC) RNAS 13(N)Sq, 8(N)Sq 18/02/1918 Camel ace, 1917-18.
Capt Alfred William SAUNDERS 12 [9+3] C.Shores et al. (9 kills+3 OoC) RAF 60Sq SE5 ace, 1918.
Capt Albert Gregory WALLER 11 [9+2] Franks-Guest (with obs.)(3 kills+8 OoC) RFC 18Sq (Bomber) DH4 bomber pilot, 1918.
Lt Patrick Anthony LANGAN-BYRNE 10 C.Shores et al. (2 kills, 7 FTL, 1 OoC) RFC 24Sq 16/10/1916 DH2 ace, 1916. KIA. 2 (1 Ooc, 7 Ftl)
FCdr Francis Dominic CASEY 9 [8+1] Shores et al. (3 kills+6 OoC) RNAS 2(N)Wg, 3(N)Sq RNAS 11/08/1917 Pup ace, 1917.
Capt Standish Conn O'GRADY 9 [5+4] C.Shores et al. (6 kills+3 OoC) RFC 23Sq Spad ace, 1917.
Lt Henry George 'Hal' CROWE 8 N.Franks-R.Guest (4 kills+4 OoC) RFC & RAF 20Sq (observer) BF2b observer, 1918. Iraq. WWII.
Lt Forde LEATHLEY 8 N.Franks-R.Guest (1 kills+7 OoC) RFC 57Sq (gunner) FE2, DH4 bomber gunner, 1917.
Capt Sydney Edward COWAN 7 Shores et al. (4 kills+3 OoC) RFC 24Sq, 29Sq 17/11/1916 DH2 ace, 1916. KIA.
Capt David Mary TIDMARSH 7 [1+6] C.Shores et al. (5 kills+2 OoC) RFC 24Sq, 48Sq DH2, 1916; Bristol Fighter, 1917. POW.
Capt Lovell Dickens BAKER 6 [5+1] Shores et al. (2 kills+4 OoC) RFC 23Sq Spad ace, 1917-18.
Capt Eric Bourne Coulter BETTS 6 N.Franks-R.Guest (4 kills+2 OoC) RNAS & RAF 2NSq, 202Sq (gunner) Strutter, DH4 bomber gunner, 1917-18. 8
Capt William Jameson CAIRNES 6 [5+1] Shores et al. (2 kills+4 OoC) RFC & RAF 19Sq, 74Sq 01/06/1918 Spad 1917, SE5 1918.
Capt Maurice Lea COOPER 6 [2+4] Shores et al. (4 kills+2 OoC) RNAS & RAF 13(N)Sq, 213Sq Camel ace, 1917-18.
Lt Sydney Leo Gregory'Poppy' POPE 6 [5+1] C.Shores et al. (4 kills+2 OoC) RFC 60Sq Nieuport, SE-5, 1917.
Maj Joseph Creuss CALLAGHAN 5 Shores et al. (3 kills+2 OoC) RFC & RAF 18Sq, 87Sq 02/07/1918 FE2 1916, Dolphin 1918.
2ndLt Edward T. CAULFIELD-KELLY 5 [4+1] N.Franks-R.Guest (3 kills+2 OoC) RFC 45Sq (observer) Sopwith observer ace, 1917. 5 (Shores)
Capt Edward C. GRIBBEN 5 Shores et al. (2 kills+3 OoC) RFC 70Sq, 44Sq, 41Sq RFC Camel ace, 1917.
2ndLt Edward patrick HARTIGAN 5 N.Franks-R.Guest (2 kills+3 OoC) RFC 57Sq (gunner) 20/11/1917 DH4 bomber gunner, 1917.
Capt Thomas Alfred OLIVER 5 C.Shores et al. (2 kills+3 OoC) RFC 1Sq, 29Sq 14/08/1917 Morane, Nieuport, 1916-17. KIA.
Sgt Thomas PROCTOR 5 N.Franks-R.Guest (3 kills+2 OoC) RFC & RAF 62Sq, 88Sq (gunner) 27/09/1918 Bristol Fighter gunner, 1918. KIA.
Table: Irish aces of WWI


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