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Post by Daniel L » 28 Jun 2003 20:31

Does anyone know anything about Major Bong in the United States Airforce.

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Post by Daniel L » 28 Jun 2003 21:32

Thanks Lawrence, that's a great link!

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Post by Lawrence Tandy » 28 Jun 2003 21:41

You are most welcome. Always a pleasure to help.

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Post by johnrtse » 29 Jun 2003 01:13

Very nice link! Thank you very much.

The suspension bridge that spans the bay portion of Lake Superior between Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota is named after Richard Bong. I've been over it many times visiting my brother when he lived in Superior.

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Post by Mark Costa » 01 Jul 2003 17:26

For a great book on Dick Bong --- check out "Dear Mom -- So we have a War". It contains all the letters home to his mother during the war. It will really show you the true Dick Bong. Its a fascinating read.

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Post by Dan W. » 02 Jul 2003 06:02

Medal of Honor citation:

BONG, RICHARD 1. (Air Mission)

Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: Over Borneo and Leyte, 10 October to 15 November 1944. Entered service at: Poplar, Wis. Birth: Poplar, Wis. G.O. No.: 90, 8 December 1944. Citation: 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 1944. Though assigned to duty as gunnery instructor and neither required nor expected to perform combat duty, Maj. 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. His aggressiveness and daring resulted in his shooting down 8 enemy airplanes during this period.



http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/mohiia1.htm

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Post by Daniel L » 08 Jul 2003 20:17

Thanks Mark and Dan.

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Post by cybercat » 04 Sep 2003 03:53

Was he by any chance a friend of Captain Spliff? 8O :lol:

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Post by Grünherz » 04 Sep 2003 05:17

cybercat wrote:Was he by any chance a friend of Captain Spliff? 8O :lol:


How many get that? :lol:

Great fighter pilot though. Tommy McGuire anyone?

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Post by Cantankerous » 25 Jul 2020 23:24

Richard Bong lost his life in the crash of a P-80 Shooting Star while a Lockheed test pilot on August 6, 1945 (same day as the A-bomb raid on Hiroshima). See this link for info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bong#Death

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Post by Thumpalumpacus » 25 Jul 2020 23:58

Sierra Hotel, fo sho.

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