Richard Bong

1920 - 1945

Richard Bong

Richard Ira Bong (September 24, 1920 – August 6, 1945) was a United States Army Air Forces major and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. He was one of the most decorated American fighter pilots and the country's top flying ace in the war, credited with shooting down 40 Japanese aircraft, all with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Bong has received more than 874,898 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 1,102nd most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Richard Bong ranks 1,105 out of 1,194Before him are John Moore, John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, Jalil Zandi, Mundus, Félix Rodríguez, and John Shalikashvili. After him are Robert Gould Shaw, Carl Spaatz, George Pickett, Charles Warren, Arthur MacArthur Jr., and Alexander von Krobatin.

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Among people born in 1920, Richard Bong ranks 233Before him are Paul Mebus, Jean Marcel Honoré, Roy Jenkins, Leo McKern, Vincent Gardenia, and Fyodor Abramov. After him are Josefa Iloilo, Claude Cheysson, Eugênio Sales, Willie Watson, Gerda Lerner, and Konstantin Beskov. Among people deceased in 1945, Richard Bong ranks 200Before him are Ragnar Östberg, Ferenc Csik, Italo Santelli, Aleksandr Khanzhonkov, Blind Willie Johnson, and Giovanni Palatucci. After him are Sigurður Eggerz, Dorothea Köring, Arthur Wynne, Frederick Lugard, 1st Baron Lugard, Vladimir Leontyevich Komarov, and Emily Carr.

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Among people born in United States, Richard Bong ranks 5,130 out of 12,171Before him are Clarence Thomas (1948), Peter Sarsgaard (1971), Robert Charles Wilson (1953), Jeff Conaway (1950), Frank Lubin (1910), and Edward Gibson (1936). After him are John Carroll Lynch (1963), Sue Grafton (1940), Haddon Sundblom (1899), M. C. Gainey (1948), Michael C. Hall (1971), and David Spade (1964).


Among military personnels born in United States, Richard Bong ranks 71Before him are William D. Leahy (1875), J. E. B. Stuart (1833), Albert Sidney Johnston (1803), William Calley (1943), Christine Jorgensen (1926), and Braxton Bragg (1817). After him are Robert Gould Shaw (1837), Carl Spaatz (1891), George Pickett (1825), Arthur MacArthur Jr. (1845), Tommy Franks (1945), and John Pope (1822).

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