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January 4, 2013

Richard Bong

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Richard Bong

Fighter pilot Richard Ira Bong, posing on an airstrip next to his P-38 Lightning in Minnesota during a publicity tour.  Taken by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on June 12, 1944.  Bong died in 1945 when the fuel pump of the plane he was flying malfunctioned.

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2 Responses to “Richard Bong”

  1. Bob Fuhrman Says:

    Bong’s wife (they married in Feb. 1945) was Marge Vattendahl. I would assume that Miss Sieland in the photo was a war worker who posed with Bong during one of his war bond stops. The young lady shown here is definitely not Marge Vattendahl.

    Bob Fuhrman, Executive Director
    Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

    Jason Onerheim reply on July 9th, 2013:

    Thank you for the additional information Mr. Fuhrman! I had to guess who the woman in the photograph was and I guessed the wrong Marge. I will change the record now.

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