Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace

Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace
Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace
Paperback: $12.95
128 pages, 66 b/w photos and 2 maps, 7 x 9"
ISBN: 9780870204340

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Pete Barnes

Who would have imagined a farm boy from Wisconsin would be the greatest air hero of World War II? Richard Bong was an athletic and hard-working boy from northern Wisconsin who dreamed of flying from the first time a plane buzzed low over his family's farm. When war broke out, he left behind a life of sports, deer hunting, and farm chores to fly the new P-38 Lightning for the Army Air Force.

Stationed in New Guinea, Bong shot down a total of 40 Japanese flyers in under 3 years—beating the record of 26 set by Eddie Rickenbacker in World War I. His accomplishments won this modest pilot the title "Ace of Aces” and a Congressional Medal of Honor awarded by General MacArthur himself.

Follow Bong as he navigates his way through basic training, flight school, and life on an overseas army base. Watch as he takes to the skies in his P-38 fighter jet, outflying Japanese aircraft with barrel rolls, dives, and turns. Celebrate as he meets and marries the love of his life back home in Wisconsin, and mourn as his life comes to a swift and unexpected end during an ill-fated training flight in California.

Pete Barnes is a National Board certified teacher who teaches fifth grade social studies, science, and math in New Albany, Ohio. He has written articles for youth audiences in the American history magazine "Cobblestone," for educators in the magazine "Instructor," and for fellow teachers in the magazine "Teaching K-8." Pete has a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary and a Masters degree in education from the Ohio State University. His other book in the Badger Biography series is Harley and the Davidsons: Motorcycle Legends