24 years old
from Poplar, Wisconsin
49th Fighter Group,
V Fighter Command
September 25, 1920 – August 6, 1945
Maj. Richard Bong is the United States’ highest-scoring air ace, having shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft during World War II. He was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) and arecipient of the Medal of Honor. All of his aerial victories were in the P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft.
“…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 Arizona). Bong’s ability as a fighter pilot was recognized at training in northern California. He received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant on January 9, 1942, and became a gunnery instructor….”
You can read more on Maj. Bong here
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