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Updated on January 27, 2013

Germany's Aces of World War I

    Fritz Rumey, the 5th highest ace for Germany in World War I with 45 victories. Fritz Rumey (March 3, 1891 - September 27, 1918) was a German fighter pilot in the First World War. A prewar infantryman, he saw action against the Russians and was decorated with the Iron Cross 2nd class. Subsequently he applied for aviation and completed an observer's course. Later he was accepted for pilot training and was sent to France in early 1917. After a brief period with Jasta Boelcke he went to Jagdstaffel 5 where he found success and fame.

Fritz Rumey

Germany's Aces of World War One

Leutnant Rumey's first victim was a British observation balloon, flamed on July 6 1917. At year's end he was credited with five victories. With 29 victories Rumey received the coveted Pour le Mérite in July. He went scoreless in August but hit his stride in September, scoring 16 kills, a figure only narrowly surpassed by Franz Buchner.

He was killed on September 27, 1918 after he was forced to bail out, only to have his parachute fail and, thus, falling to his death.

Books About World War One - Aces of World War I

Pfalz Aircraft of WWI:

A Centennial Perspective

on Great War Airplanes (Volume 5)

This is the newest book from World War One Author Jack Herris. Illustrations by Bob Pearson and Martin Digmayer, cover art by Aaron Weaver and cover design by Steve Anderson. This new book covers the development of Pfalz aircraft that most of the German Aces of World War One flew. The new book contains 530 photographs, 28 in full color, 81 color profiles, 10 color illustrations, serial number of aircraft. Also aircraft dimensions and performance specs. 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings are included of 15 Pfalz aircraft types.

World War One Videos - Great War in the Air

Fokker DR.1 Triplane

The Fokker Dr.1 Triplane, one of the aircraft that most of the German Aces used during the Great War. Equipped with the 110 hp Oberurel rotary engine and twin Spandau machine guns that could be fired independently, this airplane had an excellent rate of climb and could match the Camel for maneuverability.

WERNER VOSS | Rival of the Red Baron
Werner Voss (April 13, 1897-September 23, 1917) was a World War I German fighter pilot and ace. Born in Krefeld, the first son of an industrial dyer, Voss wa...

MAX IMMELMANN | World War One Ace
Max Immelmann was the first pilot to be awarded the Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest military honour. The medal became colloquially known as the "Blue...

Georges Guynemer (December 24, 1894 - September 11, 1917) was a top French fighter ace during World War I and a national hero at the time of his death. Upon ...

ERNST UDET | WW1 Ace | Germany's Second Highest Scoring Fighter Pilot
Ernst Udet (April 26 1896 - November 17 1941) was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World War I. He was one of the youngest aces and was the hi...

Air Marshal William Avery "Billy" Bishop VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED (8 February 1894 - 11 September 1956) was a Canadian First World War fl...

Josef Jacobs was the 8th highest ace with 48 victories. Lieutenant Josef Karl Peter Jacobs (1894-1978) was one of Germany's leading air aces of the First Wor...

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What Do You Know About Fritz Rumey? - Great War Aces

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      roby01 4 years ago

      Nice to read lenses that tell the story also of the pilots less well-known.

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      @Angel_Lou: Thanks, Angel_Lou. I love your avatar on facebook. Who is that woman your face is on? She is hot.

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      Angel_Lou 5 years ago

      I like almost anything from history of WW2. Anyway - this lens is fantastic!

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      @pawpaw911: pawpaw911, thanks for dropping by. I really like the flyers of World War I.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Interesting lens.