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EDWARD "MICK" MANNOCK | WW1 Ace

Updated on March 3, 2014

Edward "Mick" Mannock, England's Highest Scoring Ace of World War One

Great Britian's highest scoring ace in World War One.
Major Edward Corringham "Mick" Mannock VC DSO & Two Bars MC & Bar (24 May 1887 - 26 July 1918) was an Irish First World War flying ace and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross. Mannock was regarded as one of the greatest fighters and patrol leaders of WWI, though he was not as well known by the public as the likes of Manfred von Richthofen or Albert Ball.

Mick Mannock

Aces of World War I

Mannock was deeply affected by the number of men he was killing. In his diary he recorded visiting the site where one of his victims had crashed near the front-line: "The journey to the trenches was rather nauseating - dead men's legs sticking through the sides with puttees and boots still on - bits of bones and skulls with the hair peeling off, and tons of equipment and clothing lying about. This sort of thing, together with the strong graveyard stench and the dead and mangled body of the pilot combined to upset me for a few days."

Mannock was especially upset when he saw one of his victims catch fire on its way to the ground. His fear of 'flamerinoes' meant that from that date on, Mick Mannock always carried a revolver with him in his cockpit. As he told his friend Lieutenant MacLanachan: "The other fellows all laugh at me for carrying a revolver. They think I'm going to shoot down a machine with it, but they're wrong. The reason I bought it was to finish myself as soon as I see the first signs of flames."

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