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RENE FONCK | WW1 Ace

Updated on March 3, 2014

Rene Fonck, France's Top Ace of World War One

René Paul Fonck (27 March 1894-18 June 1953) was a French aviator who ended the Great War as the top Allied fighter ace. His 75 (72 solo and three shared and a further 52 'probable' victories) [1] victories also ranked him second only to Manfred von Richthofen, (80 planes confirmed shot down) as the top ace of the conflict. When all succeeding conflicts are considered he remains the top scoring Allied Ace to date. Taking into account his probable claims, Fonck's final tally could conceivably be nearer 100. He was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1918 and later a Commander of the Legion of Honor after the war.

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