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Richard Ira Bong (September 24, 1920 – August 6, 1945), commonly called "Dick", was the United States' highest-scoring air ace, having shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft during World War II. He was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. All of his aerial victories were in the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter.
Maj. Richard I. Bong - Medal of Honor
"...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 who had looped around the Golden Gate Bridge on the same day. For looping the Golden Gate Bridge, for flying at low level down Market Street in San Francisco and for blowing the clothes off of an Oakland woman's clothesline, Bong was reprimanded by General George C. Kenney, commanding officer of the Fourth Air Force, who told him, "If you didn't want to fly down Market Street, I wouldn't have you in my Air Force, but you are not to do it any more and I mean what I say." Kenney later wrote: "We needed kids like this lad." In all subsequent accounts, Bong denied flying under the Golden Gate Bridge. Nevertheless, Bong was still grounded when the rest of his group was sent without him to England in July 1942. Bong then transferred to another Hamilton Field unit, 84th Fighter Squadron of the 78th Fighter Group. From there Bong was sent to the Southwest Pacific Area...
...Bong considered his gunnery accuracy to be poor, so he compensated by getting as close to his targets as possible to make sure he hit them. In some cases he flew through the debris of exploding enemy aircraft, and on one occasion actually collided with his target, which he claimed as a "probable" victory...
... Bong then became a test pilot assigned to Lockheed's Burbank, California, plant, where he flew P-80 Shooting Star jet fighters at the Lockheed Air Terminal. On August 6, 1945, the plane's primary fuel pump malfunctioned during takeoff on the acceptance flight of P-80A 44-85048...  Bong cleared away from the aircraft, but was too low for his parachute to deploy. The plane crashed into a narrow field at Oxnard St & Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood. His death was front-page news across the country, sharing space with the first news of the bombing of Hiroshima..."
 Victory credits 

December 27, 19422over Buna
January 7, 19432Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscars" over Lae
January 8,1over Lae Harbor, ace status
March 3,1Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" during Battle of the Bismarck Sea
March 11,2"Zeroes"
March 29,1heavy bomber; promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
April 14,1bomber, over Milne Bay. Awarded Air Medal.
June 12,1"Zero", over Bena Bena
July 26,4fighters, on escort over Lae; awarded DSC
July 28,1"Oscar", on escort over New Britain.
September 6,0claimed two bombers, not confirmed; crash-landed at Mailinan airstrip
October 2,1Mitsubishi Ki-46 "Dinah", over Gasmata
October 29,2"Zeros", over Japanese airfield at Rabaul
November 5,2"Zeros", over enemy airfield at Rabaul
December 1943-January 1944: On leave in Wisconsin
February 1944: assigned to Fifth Air Force Fighter Command HQ, but allowed to "free-lance".
February 15,1Kawasaki Ki-61 "Tony" off Cape Hoskins, New Britain
February 28,0destroyed a Japanese transport plane on the runway at Wewak, New Guinea
March 3,2Mitsubishi Ki-21 "Sally" bombers, over Tadji, New Guinea
April 3,1fighter over Hollandia, 25th credit
April 12,3surpassed Eddie Rickenbacker's U.S. record of 26 kills
May–July 1944: on leave in U.S., made publicity tours
October 10,2Nakajima J1N "Irving" and "Oscar"
October 27,1"Oscar"
October 28,2"Oscars" off Leyte
November 10,1"Oscar" over Ormoc Bay
November 11,2Recommended for Medal of Honor.
December 7,2"Sally" and Nakajima Ki-44 "Tojo", covering U.S. landings at Ormoc
December 15,1"Oscar"
December 17,1"Oscar" over Mindoro.


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