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    Richard "Dick" Ira Bong (September 24, 1920 – August 6, 1945) was a United States Army Air Forces major and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II.He was one of the most decorated American fighter pilots and the country's top flying ace in the war, credited with shooting down 40 Japanese aircraft, all with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter.

  2. Richard Bong was ordered home for his safety and married his sweetheart, Marge, in Superior. Six months later he was killed test piloting the first Lockheed jet fighter plane. His death at the age of 24 occured the same day that the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, yet he received banner headlines in the national newspapers.

  3. Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, WI native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The air base was abandoned three days before concrete was to be poured for a 12,500-foot runway.

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    Richard Ira Bong Maj. Richard I. Bong - Medal of Honor Nickname "Ace of Aces" "Bing" Bong Dick Bong Born (1920-09-24)September 24, 1920 Died August 6, 1945(1945-08-06) (aged 24) Place of birth Superior, Wisconsin, U.S. Place of death North Hollywood, California Place of burial Poplar, Wisconsin Allegiance United States Service/branch United States Army Years of service 1941–1945 Rank Major Unit 49th Fighter Group, V Fighter Command Battles/wars World War II South West Pacific Theatre...

    Bong, the son of Swedish immigrant parents, grew up on a farm in Poplar, Wisconsin as one of nine children. He became interested in aircraft at an early age and was a keen model builder. He began studying at Superior State Teachers College in 1938. While there, Bong enrolled in the Civilian Pilot Training Program and also took private flying lessons. In 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program. One of his flight instructors was Capt. Barry Goldwater (later Senator from Arizo...

    Major Richard Bong in his P-38. 9th Fighter Squadron 39th Flying Training Squadron Bong's first operational assignment was to the 49th Fighter Squadron (FS), 14th Fighter Group at Hamilton Field, California, where he transitioned into the twin-engine P-38 Lightning. On June 12, 1942, Bong flew very low over ("buzzed") a house in nearby San Anselmo, the home of a pilot who had just been married. He was cited and temporarily grounded for breaking flying rules, along with three other P-38 pilots wh...

  4. Richard Bong's P-38 Marge, photo signed by Marge, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. By the following Fall, Bong had officially claimed 40 enemy aircraft, making him the top American ace of all-time. In December 1944, Richard Bong was awarded the United States’ highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, presented to him by

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