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Chapter 23: World War I

Student Web Activity

"Aces of World War I"

In this chapter you have read about World War I. Using new technology the military developed submarines, flame throwers, tanks, improved machine guns, poison gas, and other weapons. The airplane had been invented earlier in the century. Now military leaders found it useful in war. In this activity you will take a closer look at two of the most famous "ace" pilots during World War I.

Destination Title: The Aerodrome

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Start at the Aerodrome home page.

  • Click on Aces.
  • Then click on Aces By Name.
  • Search alphabetically for Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon and read the selection.
  • Using your "Back" button, return to the "R" list.
  • Find Richthofen, Manfred Freiherr von and read the selection.

After you have read about these two aces answer the following questions.

When and where was Rickenbacker born?
How many victories did Rickenbacker achieve? What honors did he receive?
When was Richthofen born? When was he killed?
What were some of Richthofen's nicknames? Why?
Both of these men were important aviators of World War I. Make a chart that compares their achievements in World War I.
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