For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in the Southwest Pacific area from 10 October to 15 November He grew up on a farm near the small town of Poplar, Wisconsin. Bong's father came to the United States from Sweden at the age of seven and his mother was of Scots-English descent. Bong and Dora Bryce Bong living on a farm near the small town of Poplar, Wisconsin, about 20 miles southeast of Superior. The light weight fighter was very maneuverable and was a deadly opponent. Dick did well in high school, helped on the farm, and pursued many interests as a teenager.
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The flower will remain visible until an administrator has reviewed it. Photo request sent successfully. The crash shocked me to the point that I did not want to believe that a man was flying the plane but I knew better because I had seen his face. Start Tour or don't show this again —I am good at figuring things out. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? The Magazine went into detail about his wife as well.
Marjorie Drucker, 79; Wife of World War II Ace Richard Bong - latimes
His aircraft apparently stalled near the ground, possibly due to a flameout. We would love to hear what you think. He either forgot to switch to the auxiliary fuel pump, or for some reason was unable to do so. By August 23, Bong was a Captain with the highest score in the Pacific — 16 kills. Bong achieved status of flying ace by downing 40 enemy aircraft in the Pacific theatre.
Ironically he died on the same day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He loved flying the P, and many pilots who flew with him commented on his mastery of it. Though assigned to duty as gunnery instructor and neither required nor expected to perform combat duty, Major Bong voluntarily and at his own urgent request engaged in repeated combat missions, including unusually hazardous sorties over Balikpapan, Borneo, and in the Leyte area of the Philippines. It seems like one of those issues that will be hotly contested as long as people feel they have some stake in the outcome. Another hit on June 12 when he shot down a plane of the 1 st Sentai over the Allied airfield at Bena Bena. The sound of the engine made me sense that something was wrong, and as I looked up at the very low-flying plane I could see the pilot trying to pull back the canopy.