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May 19, 2023 · Best known for being the first pilot to break the sound barrier, he served in the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) during the Second World War. But aerial victories alone do not win or lose wars.

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Jun 12, 2006 · Many leading fighter pilots of World War II, such as Germany’s Erich Hartmann, Russia’s Ivan Kozhedub and America’s Richard Bong, looked as if they had been born for the honor. May 4, 2023 · An ace pilot is a fighter pilot with at least 5 confirmed aerial victories. .

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Very quickly, Dick Bong’s career (literally) took off.
During WWII he served two combat tours escorting heavy bomber over Europe in the P-51 Mustang, November 1943 through January 1945.

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. After high school, Richard Bong enrolled at Superior State Teachers’ College where he earned his civilian pilot’s license. The highest scoring ace of all time was the great German Luftwaffe experte Erich Hartmann with 352 aerial kills. Richard Bong was one of the most decorated American fighter pilots of all time. But Bader had become legend in Britain, credited with shooting down 22 German planes – 20 lone victories and two shared – according to the RAF Museum. .

In many ways, these men are exemplars of the stereotypical fighter pilot, establishing their ace status in World War II.

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