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Richard Ira Bong
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    (September 24, 1904-August 4, 1945)
    America's most prolific fighter pilot
    Scored 40 Aerial kills in the Pacific during WW II (1942-1944)
    Was awarded the Distinguished service cross and the Congressional Medal of Honor (1944)
    Became a test pilot for the Lockheed Corporation (1945)
    Died testing Lockheed P-80 (1945)
    He shares his name with a marijuana smoking device.
    He preferred to be called Dick to Richard.
    He was reported for flying his P-38 under the Golden gate bridge and down a San Francisco street after his graduation from flight school.
    He did his part to protect the world during WW II.
    He developed the 'air superiority tactic' and the 'never dogfight a zero' tactic.
    He had a picture of his wife, Marge, on the nose of his P-38.
    When WW II broke out, General George Kenney requested two things to be sent to the Pacific, the P-38 fighter plane and Dick Bong.

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