How Much Do You Know About These Famous Flying Aces?

By: Becky Stigall

How Much Do You Know About These Famous Flying Aces?
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About This Quiz

Manfred von Richthofen is one of the most famous flying aces to have ever taken to the skies. Do you know what his nickname is? Did you know he was only 11 years old when the Wright brothers made their first successful flight in Kitty Hawk? And that despite being one of the most well-known fighter pilots, he was eventually shot down and killed 15 years after that same first flight by the Wright brothers?

From World War I to modern times flying aces have been the sole of many militaries. They collectively fly thousands of missions each year in support and assistance for ground troops, as well as predetermined attacks across enemy lines. But, do you know the name of the World War II Ace who flew over 1,000 missions without ever getting shot down? Considering the fatality rate was among the highest in the war, this is an amazing feat. 

Do you know the British Ace who was blind in one eye, or do you know the Axis ace who shot down 13 opposing fighter planes in 17 minutes? 

These are the pilots who have embraced one of the scariest and most deadly occupations in the world. Do you think your skills are good enough to do them proud? Get those propellers spinning; it's quiz time!

Manfred von Richthofen was known as what?
Charlie Brown
Snoopy
Linus
The Red Baron
Manfred von Richthofen was the Red Baron, perhaps the most famous flying ace of all time. He flew for the Imperial German Army Air Service during World War I.

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Erich Hartmann was a ______ flying ace.
Japanese
American
Canadian
German
Erich Hartmann was a German flying ace. World War II Soviets called him "The Black Devil."

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James Jabara was a United States Air Force _______ pilot in World War II.
helicopter
carrier
fighter
James Jabara was a United States Air Force fighter pilot. He flew a P-51 Mustang in WWII.

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Muhammad Mahmood Alam flew in the ________ Air Force.
United States
Canadian
Pakistani
Muhammad Mahmood Alam flew in the Pakistani Air Force. He navigated the skies in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
German

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What American airman had a total of six kills in the Vietnam War?
Colonel Klink
General Hogan
The Red Baron
Charles B. DeBellevue
Charles B. DeBellevue had a total of six kills in the Vietnam War. This made him the top ace during that war.

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What Israeli Air Force fighter pilot had 17 victories?
Giora Epstein
Giora Epstein had 17 victories during the Arab–Israeli Wars. His nickname was Hawkeye.
Charles Lindbergh
Amelia Earhart
The Red Baron

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Who has been called the "Last American Ace"?
Cesar Rodriguez
Cesar Rodriguez has been called the "Last American Ace." He flew during the Gulf and Kosovo wars.
Amelia Earhart
The Red Baron
Charles Lindbergh

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What Korean War ace was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star for combat heroism?
The Red Baron
Joseph Christopher McConnell Jr
Joseph Christopher McConnell Jr. was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star for combat heroism. He was credited with shooting down 16 enemy Mig-15s.
Amelia Earhart
Charles Lindberg

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What World War II Allied ace was never shot down in over 1,000 missions?
James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson
James Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson was never shot down in over 1,000 missions. And his aircraft was only damaged once.
Charles Lindbergh
Snoopy
Tweety Bird

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Kurt Welter flew for the _______ during WWII.
Japanese
Italians
Germans
Kurt Welter flew for the Germans during WWII. Welter flew a Messerschmitt Me 262.
British

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Captain Albert Ball was ________ highest scoring ace fighter pilot during WWI.
Canada's
Germany's
Italy's
Britain's
Captain Albert Ball was Britain’s highest scoring ace fighter pilot during WWI. He was shot down by the Germans in 1917, when he was only 20.

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Ernst Udet flew for the _________ during World War I.
RAF
Navy
USAF
Luftwaffe
Ernst Udet flew for the Luftwaffe during World War I. He was the highest-scoring German fighter pilot to survive WWI.

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William Avery Bishop flew for the Royal Flying Corps of ______.
Germany
Japan
Canada
William Avery Bishop flew for the Royal Flying Corps of Canada. He has been credited with shooting down 25 enemy planes in 12 days.
Britain

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René Fonck flew for what country during World War I?
Canada
Germany
Italy
France
René Fonck was a French fighter pilot. He has been named the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilot of WWI with 75 confirmed kills.

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What British WWI ace was almost blind in one eye?
The Red Baron
Edward Mannock
Edward Mannock was almost blind in his left eye. He had 61 confirmed kills.
Snoopy
Woodstock

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What Luftwaffe pilot was one of only two to ever achieve more than 300 victories?
Gerhard Barkhorn
Gerhard Barkhorn was only one of two to every achieve more than 300 victories. The other pilot was Erich Hartmann.
The Red Baron
Snoopy
Woodstock

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What Luftwaffe fighter ace shot down 13 enemies in 17 minutes?
Erich Rudorffer
Erich Rudorffer shot down 13 enemies in 17 minutes. He has been credited with 222 victories.
Amelia Earhart
Charles Lindbergh
Snoopy

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What German fighter pilot claimed the most Western Allied aircraft downs?
Hans-Joachim Walter Rudolf Siegfried Marseille
Wow, that's quite the name - Hans-Joachim Walter Rudolf Siegfried Marseille! He claimed that 151 of his 158 victories were against the British Desert Air Force over North Africa.
Snoopy
Woodstock
Colonel Klink

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Eino Ilmari Juutilainen flew for the _______ Air Force.
Canadian
British
Finnish
Eino Ilmari Juutilainen flew for the Finnish Air Force. He is credited as the top non-German fighter pilot of all time.
U.S.

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Ivan Kozhedub was a ______ flying ace.
American
Canadian
British
Soviet
Ivan Kozhedub flew for the Soviets. He flew a Lavochkin La-5 during World War II.

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Alexander Pokryshkin flew for the ______ Air Force.
Japanese
U.S.
Soviet
Alexander Pokryshkin was a Soviet pilot. He was also a Marshall in the Soviet Air Force.
Royal

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Mato Dukovac flew for the ________ Air Force.
Croatian
Mato Dukovac flew for the Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia during World War II. He lived in Canada after the war.
German
Italian
Japanese

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Ján Režňák flew for the ______ Air Force.
Japanese
Canadian
Slovak
Ján Režňák flew for the Slovak Air Force. He had 32 confirmed kills during World War II.
British

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What World War II American ace was one of the most decorated and had the most kills?
Richard Bong
Richard Bong was one of the most decorated and the highest scoring U.S. Army ace during World War II. He has been credited with shooting down 40 Japanese aircraft.
Charlie Brown
Snoopy
Linus

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What Japanese ace was the top for that country during World War II?
Lucy
Schroeder
Tetsuzō Iwamoto
Tetsuzō Iwamoto was the top Japanese flying ace during World War II. He is credited with more than 100 victories.
Snoopy

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What RAF ace first tried to join the South African Air Force?
Pat Pattle
Pat Pattle was rejected by the South African Air Force when he was 18. Some sources claim he had more than 51 kills.
The Red Baron
Amelia Earhart
Snoopy

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Teresio Vittorio Martinoli flew for the _______ Air Force.
German
Canadian
Italian
Teresio Vittorio Martinoli flew for the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force. He has been credited with 22 victories.
Chinese

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Adrian Warburton flew for the ___.
CAF
USAF
RAF
Adrian Warburton flew for the RAF. His plane was shot down in April 1944.
IAF

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Alexandru Șerbănescu was a ________ fighter pilot.
Canadian
Japanese
Romanian
Alexandru Șerbănescu was a Romanian fighter pilot. He flew for the Germans in World War II.
British

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What German flying ace has been credited with shooting down 189 enemy aircraft in over 700 missions?
Colonel Klink
Colonel Hogan
Max Stotz
Max Stotz has been credited with shooting down 189 enemy aircraft in over 700 missions. His fighter plane was shot down in August 1943 and he was never found.
Lebeau

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Hans Wind flew for the _______ Air Force.
British
Canadian
Finnish
Hans Wind was a Finnish fighter pilot. He is credited with 75 confirmed victories.
German

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What Romanian ace had the nickname "Bâzu"?
Constantin Cantacuzino
Constantin Cantacuzino's nickname was "Bâzu." He is credited with 43 confirmed kills.
Colonel Hogan
Schultz
Lebeau

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What Japanese flying ace claimed 58 kills in only three months?
Charles Lindbergh
Amelia Earhart
Hiromichi Shinohara
Hiromichi Shinohara claimed 58 kills in only three months. He flew a Nakajima Ki-27 and was shot down and killed at 26.
The Red Baron

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Kirill A. Yevstigneyev was a ______ fighter pilot.
Canadian
German
British
Soviet
Kirill A. Yevstigneyev was a Soviet fighter pilot. He flew a Lavochkin La-5 and La-7 fighter during World War II.

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Pierre Clostermann was a ______ flying ace.
French
Pierre Clostermann was a French flying ace. He flew a Spitfire in World War II.
British
Canadian
Japanese

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