475FS, 49FG 5
Flown by Maj.
Richard I. Bong
America's Ace of aces was a actually a poor shot
but made up for it in his flying skills. Bong flew
his P-38 so close that it was almost impossible to
miss. This is how he downed the enemy. On Dec 12,
1944, Bong was awarded the Medal of Honor by Gen.
Douglas MacArthur and married his sweetheart, Marge
Vattendahl 5 days later. Sadly, he was killed while
testing a new P-80 jet on 6 Aug. 1945.
permission of Marge Bong-Drucker, a copy of the
original photo is adhered to this panel.