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Ace High. The Ace High were created by Edgar Wallace (Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, Inspector Elk, Educated Evans, Four Square Jane, Dixon Hawke, Heine, Felix Jenks, Just Men, King Kong (I), Larry Loman, Superintendent Minter, Policy Sleuth, Oliver Rater, John G. Reeder, The Ringer, Sanders, York Symon, Tam o’the Scoots, Inspector Wade, Kate Westhanger) and appeared in six stories in the Post Sunday Special and The Popular Magazine from 1918 to 1919, beginning with “The Sign of the Black Ace” (Post Sunday Special, Nov. 24, 1918).
The Companions of the Ace High are English pilots who have a special grudge against the Germans and take it out on them, bloodily and at length, in mid-air combat during World War One. The Ace High were founded by a man named Dexter whose wife was driven mad when a German submarine shelled the luxury liner she was on. Dexter then dedicated himself to the destruction of Germany during the war. Using his wealth he reached an agreement with the small republic of San Romino, on the northern border of Italy. He was appointed Chief of Air Operations for San Romino, and when San Romino declared war on Germany Dexter began gathering together pilots from around the world. The only thing the pilots have in common is that their lives have been destroyed by the Germans. The hate the pilots feel for the Germans leads them to kill Germans, kill their spies and sympathizers, sneak into Germany and kill them there, and to shoot the Germans down wherever they find them. The Ace High fly an assortment of planes–each pilot brings his own to the Ace High–whose wings are marked with a circle around a star enclosing a black ace of spades.
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