Richard Ira Bong

Captain Richard Bong, Southwest Pacific Air Ace, who has 21 Jap planes to his credit, bagged this 196-pound buck strung up in a barn at his home near Poplar, Wisconsin. Captain Bong is home on furlough.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

1945: The Final Year
In the final year of the war, Allied troops conquered the Philippines and, in Europe, pushed into Germany on several fronts. 

In April, following Hitler's suicide, German resistance collapsed and, on May 7, Germany surrendered unconditionally. 

In August, President Truman ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which brought about Japan's surrender and the end to the war that had involved every major power in the world.

Lieutenant John Kinsman, a P-38 Lightning fighter pilot with the US Army Air Corps was killed in action over the Philippines on February 19, 1945. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. F.C. Kinsman of 1314 Rust Street, Eau Claire. Lieutenant Kinsman completed 50 missions before he was killed. He flew with the fighting 49th Group, the same group to which America's "ace of aces," Major Richard Ira Bong, belonged.

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Richard I. Bong
World War II Heritage Center

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Superior, Wisconsin 54880

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