A week in history August 6 - 12

On August 6, the same day as the bombing of Hiroshima, Maj. Richard Ira Bong, a former Lockhead P-38 Lightning pilot and Medal of Honor recipient was killed when the Lockhead P-80 Shooting Star he was piloting during a test flight exploded midflight. Fairchild AFB‘s “Bong Street,” was named in honor of him. Bong was commonly referred to as America’s “Ace of Aces,” with a recorded 40 aerial victories while fighting in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, the most by any pilot in United States history. (Courtesy Photo)

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