This is an 8” X 10” black & white photo of Richard Bong and wife Marge depicted here with his P-38 Lightning just after his famous "Piggy-Back" flight. The photograph is printed on heavy stock paper, unframed and is a very sharp image, in excellent condition. Actual photo is much more detailed than online image.
Major Richard I. Bong, USAAF. Richard "Dick" Bong is America’s Ace of Aces. He scored 40 aerial victories in the Pacific Theater during WW II and received The United States’ highest military award in the process, The Congressional Medal of Honor.
MAJOR BONG'S AWARDS Decorations: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star With One Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Six Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with Fourteen Oak Leaf Clusters, The American Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal with One Silver Service Star, Philippine Liberation Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Australian Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Distinguished Unit Citation with One Oak Leaf Cluster awarded to the 49th Fighter Group. MEDAL OF HONOR Rank and Organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps.
Major Bong married Marjorie Vattendahl on February 10, 1945. They honeymooned in California after which he reported to Wright – Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. His new assignment was testing the Air Force's first jet, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. On August 6, 1945, the 24 year old Bong was killed in Burbank, California. His aircraft apparently stalled near the ground, possibly due to a flameout.
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