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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 Ww2 Victories Official Sources Detail Units Death Note Other Sources
Maj Joseph Jacob 'Joe' FOSS 26 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF-115 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942-43.
1stLt Robert Murray 'Bob' HANSON 25 F. Olynyk VMF-214, VMF-215 03/02/1944 Corsair ace, Rabaul, 1943-44. KIA.
Col Gregory 'Pappy' BOYINGTON 24 F. Olynyk (2 AVG) 2Sq & 1Sq AVG, VMF214 'Black Sheep' AVG; Corsair, Solomons, 43-44. POW. 28; 3,5 AVG (CAMCO)
Maj Kenneth Ambrose WALSH 21 F. Olynyk VMF-124, VMF-222; VMR-152 Corsair, Solomons 43, Okinawa 45.
Capt Donald Nathan ALDRICH 20 F. Olynyk VMF-215 03/05/1947 Corsair ace, SWP, 1943-44. KIFA.
Maj Marion Eugene CARL 19 [18+1] F. Olynyk VMF-221, VMF-223 28/06/1998 Wildcat ace, Midway, Guadalcanal. F4U.
LtCol John Lucian SMITH 19 F. Olynyk VMF-223, MAG-32; MAG-33 Great Guadalcanal Wildcat ace, 1942.
Capt Wilbur Jackson 'Gus' THOMAS 19 [18+1] 18,5 F. Olynyk VMF-213 28/01/1947 F4U ace, Solomons 43, Japan 45. KIFA.
Maj James Elms 'Zeke' SWETT 16 [15+1] 15,5 F. Olynyk VMF-221 F4F, F4U, Solomons 43, Okinawa 45. 16,5
Capt Edward Oliver 'Bud' SHAW 15 [14+1] 14,5 F. Olynyk VMF-213 31/07/1944 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943. KIFA. 13 (Toliver)
Capt Harold Leman 'Hal' SPEARS 15 F. Olynyk VMF-215 06/12/1944 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943-44. KIFA.
Maj Archie Glenn DONAHUE 14 R.F.Toliver & T.Constable VMF-112, VMF-451 F4F, F4U ace, Pacific, Japan, 1942-45.
Maj James Norman CUPP 13 [11+2] 12 F. Olynyk VMF-213 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943. Korea.
Capt Philip Cunliffe 'Phil' DELONG 13 [10+3] 11,17 F. Olynyk VMF-212; VMF-312 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1944. F4U, Korea.
Capt Kenneth DeForrest 'Ken' FRAZIER 13 [12+1] 12,5 F. Olynyk VMF-223; VMF-311 17/07/1959 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal 42. Korea 52.
Col Robert Edward 'Bob' GALER 13 F. Olynyk VMF-224; MAG-12 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942.
1stLt William Pratt 'Guts' MARONTATE 13 F. Olynyk VMF-121 15/01/1943 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal 42-43. KIA.
Maj Loran Dale 'Doc' EVERTON 12 F. Olynyk VMF-223, VMF-212, VMF-113 F4F ace, Guadalcanal, 1942; F4U, 1944.
Capt Harold Edward 'Manny' SEGAL 12 F. Olynyk VMF-221, VMF-211, VMF-115 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943-44.
Capt William Nugent 'Luke' SNIDER 12 [11+1] 11,5 F. Olynyk VMF-221 F4F, F4U ace, Pacific 43, Japan 45.
LtCol Harold William 'Joe' BAUER 11 F. Olynyk VMF-223,VMF-224, VMF-212 13/11/1942 Wildcat Guadalcanal ace. KIA.
Capt Jack Eugene CONGER 10 F. Olynyk VMF-223, VMF-212, VMF-114 Wildcat Guadalcanal ace, 1942. 10,5
Capt Herbert Harvey 'Herb' LONG 10 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF-122, VMF-451 F4F, F4U, Solomons 43, Japan 45.
Capt Thomas Henry Jr MANN 10 [8+2] 9 F. Olynyk VMF-224, VMF-121 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942.
Capt Donald Hooten SAPP 10 F. Olynyk VMF-222, VMF-524 F4U ace, Solomons, N.Guinea, 1943-44. 11 (Toliver)
Capt Jefferson Joseph 'Jeff' DEBLANC 9 F. Olynyk VMF-112, VMF-422 Wildcat ace, Solomons, 42-43. F4U, 1945.
Capt Gregory Kasson 'Greg' LOESCH 9 [8+1] 8,5 F. Olynyk VMF-121 27/09/1943 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal 42-43. KIFA.
Capt Christopher Lyman MAGEE 9 F. Olynyk VMF-214 Black Sheep Corsair ace. Israel 1948.
Capt John Luther Jr MORGAN 9 [8+1] 8,5 F. Olynyk VMF-213, VMF-451 28/03/1945 Corsair ace, Solomons 43, Japan 45. KIA.
Capt Franklin Charles Jr 'Red' THOMAS 9 F. Olynyk VMF-211 Corsair ace, New Guinea, 1944.
Capt William Northrop CASE 8 F. Olynyk VMF-122, VMF-112, VMF-214 Black Sheep Corsair ace, New Guinea, 43.
1stLt Joseph Valentine DILLARD 8 [5+3] 6,33 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace, Okinawa, japan, 1945.
LtCol John Francis DOBBIN 8 [7+1] 7,5 F. Olynyk VMF-224 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. 8 (Toliver)
Capt Fred Ernst GUTT 8 F. Olynyk VMF-223 F4F, Guadalc. 42; F4U, Solomons 43-44. 7
Capt Edwin James Jr 'Ed' HERNAN 8 F. Olynyk VMF-214, VMF-215; VMF(N)-513 19/07/1951 Corsair ace, New Guinea, 1944.
Maj George Lindley HOLLOWELL 8 F. Olynyk VMF-224, VMF-111 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal 1942.
Maj Charles Murphy KUNZ 8 R.F.Toliver & T.Constable VMF-221, VMF-224, VMF-311; VMF-323 Buffalo, Midway; F4F, Guadalcanal, 1942.
Lt Joseph Lawson NARR 8 R.Toliver, W.Hess VMF-121 11/11/1942 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. MIA. 7 (Olynyk)
Maj Edmund Fryer OVEREND 8 F. Olynyk (5 AVG) 1Sq & 3Sq AVG, VMF-321 P-40 ace, Burma 41-42; F4U, N.Guinea 44. 5,83 AVG (CAMCO)
LtCol Frederick R. Jr 'Fritz' PAYNE 8 [7+1] R.F.Toliver, W.Hess VMF-223, VMF-212, MAG-23 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. 5,5 (Olynyk)
LtCol Nathan Topliff POST 8 F. Olynyk VMF-122, VMF-221 Wildcat, Corsair ace, Solomons 42-43.
Maj John William RUHSAM 8 [6+2] 7 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945.
1stLt Francis Andell TERRILL 8 [5+3] 6,08 F. Olynyk VMF-323 12/01/1946 Corsair ace, Okinawa, 1945. KIFA. 6,5
Maj Arthur Trumbull 'Art' WARNER 8 F. Olynyk VMF-215 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943-44.
LtCol Donald Keith YOST 8 F. Olynyk VMF-111, VMF-121, VMF-351 F4F ace, Guadalcanal 42; FG-1, Japan 45.
Maj Robert Morris 'Bake' BAKER 7 R.F.Toliver & T.Constable VMF-121 Corsair ace, Guadalcanal, 1943. 5 (Olynyk)
Lt William Perry Jr. BROWN 7 F. Olynyk VMF-311; VMF-323 24/02/1952 Corsair ace, Okinawa, 1945. KIA Korea.
Lt Dean CASWELL 7 F. Olynyk VMF-221 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945.
Capt William Earl CROWE 7 F. Olynyk VMF-124 01/04/1960 F4U ace, Solomons, 1943. Korea, 1950.
Capt Dewey Foster DURNFORD 7 [6+1] 6,33 F. Olynyk VMF-323; TAD 335FIS/4FIW Corsair ace, Japan 45. F-86, Korea 53.
LtCol Hugh McJunkin ELWOOD 7 [4+3] 5,17 F. Olynyk VMF-212; MAG12, 1stMAW F4U ace, Solomons 43-44. Korea. Vietnam.
Capt Roger Anthony HABERMAN 7 [6+1] 6,5 F. Olynyk VMF-121 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. 7 (Toliver)
WO Henry Bernard HAMILTON 7 F. Olynyk VMF-223, VMF-212 21/10/1942 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. MIA.
1stLt William Leslie Jr HOOD 7 [4+3] 5,5 F. Olynyk VMF-323 04/08/1946 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945. KIFA.
1stLt Alvin Julius JENSEN 7 F. Olynyk (+24 ground in-a-day) VMF-214, VMF-212, VMF-441 20/05/1949 F4F, F4U ace, Solomons 43, Okinawa 45.
Capt Robert Wesley 'Bob' MCCLURG 7 F. Olynyk VMF-214, VMF-211 Black Sheep Corsair ace, N.Guinea 43.
Capt Paul Anthony 'Moon' MULLEN 7 [6+1] 6,5 F. Olynyk VMF-122, VMF-112, VMF-214, VMF-224 12/02/1946 F4U ace, Solomons,N.Guinea, 43-44. KIFA.
1stLt Jeremiah Joseph 'Jerry' O'KEEFE 7 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace-in-a-day, Okinawa, 1945.
Maj Robert Gordon Jr 'Big O' OWENS 7 F. Olynyk VMF-215 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943-44.
Maj Joseph Hunter REINBERG 7 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF-122; VMF(N)-513 F4F, F4U, Solomons, 1943. Korea, 1950. 10
Capt Herbert James VALENTINE 7 [5+2] 6 F. Olynyk VMF-312 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945. L-5, Korea.
Capt Robert 'Bob' WADE 7 F. Olynyk VMF-323, VMF-122; 16FIS/51FIW F4U, Japan 45. F-86, Korea 53.
Lt Gerard M. H. 'Frenchy' WILLIAMS 7 F. Olynyk VMF-215 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1944.
Maj George Clifton Jr AXTELL 6 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace in a day, Okinawa, 1945.
Capt Robert BAIRD 6 F. Olynyk VMF(N)-533; VMF(N)-542, VMF(N)-513 Hellcat night fighter ace.
Maj John Franklin 'Jack' BOLT JR. 6 F. Olynyk VMF-214; VMF115, TAD 39FIS/51FIW Black Sheep 43-44. F-9F, F-86, Korea 53.
Capt Creighton 'Shrimp' CHANDLER 6 F. Olynyk VMF-215 Corsair ace, Rabaul, 1944.
Capt Arthur Roger 'Rog' CONANT 6 F. Olynyk VMF-215 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943-44.
Capt Eugene DILLOW 6 F. Olynyk VMF-221 04/04/1944 F4U ace, Solomons, Russells, 1943. KIFA.
Maj Jefferson David DORROH 6 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace-in-a-day, Okinawa, 1945.
Maj Frank Carl DRURY 6 F. Olynyk VMF-223, VMF-212 F4F ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. F4U, 1944.
Lt William 'Bill' FARRELL 6 [4+2] 5 F. Olynyk VMF-312 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945.
Capt Howard James 'Mick' FINN 6 F. Olynyk VMF-124; VMF-214 F4U, Solomons 43, Japan 45, Korea .
Capt Don Holms 'Mo' FISHER 6 F. Olynyk VMF-214, VMF-211; VMF-323 Black Sheep Corsair ace, New Guinea 43.
Maj Robert Buchan 'Fearless' FRASER 6 F. Olynyk VMF-112 18/06/1945 Wildcat ace, Russells, 1942-43.
Lt William B. 'Bill' FREEMAN 6 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF-115 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942-43.
Capt Sheldon Otho 'Red' HALL 6 F. Olynyk VMF-213 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943.
Maj Herman 'Hap' Jr HANSEN 6 [5+1] 5,5 F. Olynyk VMF-122, VMF-112 Corsair ace, Guadalcanal 43, Japan 45.
1stLt Allan Sublett HARRISON 6 [4+2] 4,66 F. Olynyk VMF-212
Capt John Calloway HUNDLEY 6 F. Olynyk VMF-211 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943-44.
Maj Julius Wirth 'Buck' IRELAND 6 [5+1] 5,33 F. Olynyk VMF-211, VMF-223 Corsair ace, Solomons 44, Okinawa 45. 5 (Hess)
Lt Charles David JONES 6 F. Olynyk VMF-222 05/03/1965 F4U, Solomons 43-44. KIFA Laos.
Capt Floyd Claude 'Kirk' KIRKPATRICK 6 [5+1] 5,5 F. Olynyk VMF-441; VMF-212, VMF-323 Corsair ace, Marshalls 44, Okinawa 45.
Capt Chauncey Harvey 'Link' LAUGHLIN 6 [5+1] 5,2 R.F.Toliver & T.Constable (3 ground?) 3Sq AVG P-40, AVG, China, 1942. Hump, 1943. 2,2 (Olynyk)
Capt William Martin 'Bill' LUNDIN 6 [5+1] 5,5 R.F.Toliver & T.Constable VMF-121, VMF-122; VMF-214 F4F, F4U, Solomons, 1943. 4,5 (Olynyk)
Capt Joseph Paul 'Joe' LYNCH 6 [5+1] 5,5 F. Olynyk VMF-112, VMF-155, VMF-224 F4F, Solomons 43; FG-1, Okinawa 45.
Maj John Bernard Jr 'Jack' MAAS 6 [5+1] 5,5 F. Olynyk VMF-112, VMF-322 F4F, F4U, Solomons 42-43. FG1, Japan 45.
1stLt John MCMANUS 6 F. Olynyk VMF-221 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945.
Capt James Gilbert PERCY 6 F. Olynyk VMF-112 Wildcat, Corsair, Guadalcanal, 1942-43.
Maj Francis Edwin Jr PIERCE 6 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF-122 F4F ace, Guadalcanal 42-43, F4U 44-45.
Lt Zenneth Arthur POND 6 F. Olynyk VMF-223 10/09/1942 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. MIA.
Maj Perry Lindsay 'Lin' SHUMAN 6 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF-311 Corsair ace, Guadalcanal 43, Okinawa 45.
Capt Wallace Eugene 'Wally' SIGLER 6 [5+1] 5,33 R.F.Toliver & T.Constable VMF-112, VMF-124, VMF(N)-542 F4U, Solomons 43; F6F, Okinawa 45. 5 (Olynyk)
Maj Robert Franklin 'Cowboy' STOUT 6 F. Olynyk VMF-224, VMF-212, VMF-114 04/03/1945 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal 42. KIA (AA).
Maj Eugene Arthur TROWBRIDGE 6 F. Olynyk (+ 7 additional claims?) VMF-223 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. 12 (Toliver); 13
1stLt Milton Norwood VEDDER 6 F. Olynyk VMF-213 11/02/1944 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943.
2ndLt Stuart Cecil Jr. ALLEY 5 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945.
Maj Donald Luther BALCH 5 F. Olynyk VMF-221 F4F, F4U, Solomons 43, Okinawa 45.
Capt Frank Bernard BALDWIN 5 F. Olynyk VMF-221 Corsair ace, Guadalcanal 43, Okinawa 45. 10 (Hess)
Maj Paul Sarachon BECHTEL 5 F. Olynyk 12PS/18FG, 13FC, VMF-124 P-39, P-38, F4U, Pacific, 1942-43.
Maj John Ridley BOHNET 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-217
Capt Richard Lane 'Dick' BRAUN 5 F. Olynyk VMF-215 Corsair ace, New Guinea, 1943-44.
Maj William Ayles CARLTON 5 F. Olynyk VMF-212, VMF-914 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943-44.
2ndLt Lawrence N. CRAWLEY 5 [4+1] 4,25 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair, Okinawa, 1945.
LtCol Leonard Kier 'Duke' DAVIS 5 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF-111 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942.
Capt George E. Jr. DAWKINS 5 R.F.Toliver, W.N.Hess
2ndLt Cecil John 'Danny' DOYLE 5 F. Olynyk VMF-121 07/11/1942 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. KIA.
2ndLt Charles William 'Bill' DRAKE 5 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace, Japan, 1945.
LtCol Paul John FONTANA 5 F. Olynyk VMF-112; MAG12, MAG33 Wildcat ace, Solomons, 1942.
Capt Kenneth Murray 'Ken' FORD 5 F. Olynyk VMF-121 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943.
Capt Albert Edward Jr 'Al' HACKING 5 F. Olynyk VMF-221, VMF(N)-513 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943. Korea.
1stLt Edward Charles KEELEY 5 [4+1] 4,25 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair, Pacific, 1944-45.
1stLt Charles 'Red' KENDRICK 5 F. Olynyk VMF-223 02/10/1942 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. KIA.
1stLt Wayne Willis LAIRD 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-112 Wildcat ace, Guadalcanal, Savo, 1942-43.
Capt Henry Allan Jr 'Hank' MCCARTNEY 5 F. Olynyk VMSB-142, VMO-251, VMF-121, VMF-214 Black Sheep Corsair ace, New Guinea 43.
1stLt Selva Eugene 'Ace' MCGINTY 5 F. Olynyk VMF-441 Corsair ace, Okinawa, 1945.
Maj Rivers Judson Jr MORRELL 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-223
2ndLt George J. MURRAY 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-112
Capt Edwin Lawrence 'Ed' OLANDER 5 F. Olynyk VMF-214 Black Sheep Corsair ace, New Guinea 43.
Capt Donald Cook OWEN 5 F. Olynyk VMF-212, VMF-112 26/05/1945 F4F, Guadalcanal 42; F4U, Japan 45.KIFA.
2ndLt Herbert Amos PETERS 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMO-251
Maj Hyde PHILLIPS 5 F. Olynyk VMF-223; VMA-212 14/08/1952 F4F ace, Guadalcanal, 1942. KIA Korea.
1stLt Jack Jr PITTMAN 5 F. Olynyk (3 in F4U) VMF-221; VMF-322 12/04/1966 Wildcat, Corsair, Solomons, 1943. 7 (Toliver)
1stLt Robert Bruce PORTER 5 F. Olynyk VMF-121, VMF(N)-533, VMF(N)-542 F4U, Solomons 43; F6F, Okinawa 45. 7 (Toliver)
Maj George H. POSKE 5 F. Olynyk VMF-212, VMF-215 Corsair ace, New Guinea, 1943-44.
Capt Ernest Allen POWELL 5 F. Olynyk VMF-122 18/07/1943 F4F, F4U, Guadalcanal, 1942-43. MIA.
Capt Frank Helon 'Skeezix' PRESLEY 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-121; VMF-312 21/09/1954 Wildcat, Guadalcanal, 1942-43. 6 (Toliver)
Capt Orvin Herbert RAMLO 5 R.F.Toliver & T.Constable (1 shared SB2U gunner) VMSB-241, VMF-223, VMF-113 SB2U, Midway; F4F, Guadalcanal 42. 4 (Olynyk)
Capt Hartwell Vick Jr SCARBOROUGH 5 F. Olynyk VMF-214, VMF-215, VMF-441; VMR-152 F4F, F4U, Guadalcanal, 1943.
Capt Raymond Francis 'Ray' SCHERER 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-311 Corsair, Okinawa, 1945.
Capt Robert Byron SEE 5 F. Olynyk VMF-321 Corsair ace, Solomons,N.Guinea, 1943-44.
1stLt Walter Eugene STEWART 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-213 Corsair, Pacific.
Capt Stanley Thomas 'Chief' SYNAR 5 F. Olynyk VMF-112, VMF-214 F4F, F4U, Solomons, 1943.
1stLt William Marion Jr WATKINS 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-212 Wildcat, Guadalcanal, 1942-43.
LtCol Gregory Joseph WEISSENBERGER 5 F. Olynyk VMF-213 Corsair ace, Solomons, 1943.
1stLt Albert Philip WELLS 5 F. Olynyk VMF-323 Corsair ace, Okinawa, Japan, 1945.
2ndLt Wallace Ginder WETHE 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMF-121
Capt William Harry WHITAKER 5 [4+1] 4,5 F. Olynyk VMO-251, VMF-121
Maj Michael Ryan YUNCK 5 F. Olynyk VMO-251, VMF-112, VMF-311; MAG-33; 1stMAW F4F, Guadalcanal 42; F4U, Japan 45.
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