Great Warrior Leaders/Thinkers

Bong, Richard Ira, 1920-1945

Top scoring American ace of World War II.

October 2000

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Air University Library
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

Major Richard I. Bong - Top American Ace of World War Two.
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Site offers lengthy information including Bong's training, charts of his service actions, a copy of his Medal of Honor Citation, etc. Appears to be a individual's website however sources are quoted.

Medal of Honor Citation for Major Richard Ira Bong.
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Photos of Richard Ira Bong.
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Provides one large photo of Bong in dress uniform and another of Bong and Thomas McGuire beside a plane.

Richard I. Bong Heritage Center.
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                                                            Site provides three articles on Bong: 1) Richard I. Bong (introductory biography), 2) Ace of Aces, and 3) Praise for a Fallen Hero.

Richard Ira "Dick" Bong.
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                                       Provides a chart of his victories, decorations, number of sorties, etc. Aslo includes a photograph, drawing of his plane, and additional information on his service history.


Please note: A call number beginning with "R" denotes a reference book.

Anders, Curt. Fighting Airmen. New York, Putman's Sons, 1966. 287 p.
See pages 204, 232-233.
There is also a copy in Reference.
Book call no.: 923.573 A544fa

Bong, Carl and O'Connor, Mike. Ace of Aces: The Dick Bong Story. Mesa, AZ, Champlin Fighter Museum Press, 1985. 152 p.
Book call no.: 92 B713b

DuPre, Flint O. U.S. Air Force Biographical Dictionary. New York, Franklin Watts, 1965. 273 p.
Bong, Richard Ira, pp 22-23.
There is also a copy in Reference.
Book call no.: 923.573 D942u

Fighter Tactics of the Aces S.W.P.A. (South West Pacific Area), edited by Edward T. Maloney. Corona del Mar, CA, World War II Publications, 1978. 96 p.
See pages 40-42.
Book call no.: 940.544973 F471

Hess, William N. The American Aces of World War II and Korea. New York, Arco, 1968. 64 p.
See page 28.
There is also a copy in Reference.
Book call no.: 923.573 H586a

Kenney, George C. Dick Bong: Ace of Aces. Washington, Zenger Publishing, 1980. 123 p.
Book call no.: 92 B7131k 1980

Kenney, George C. General Keeney Reports: A Personal History of the Pacific War. Washington,Air Force History and Museums Program, 1997. 594 p.
See index under 'Bong, Richard' for numerous references.
Book call no.: 940.544973 K36g 1997

Kirkland, Richard C. Tales of a War Pilot. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999. 160 p.
Ace of Aces, pp 51-60.
Book call no.: 358.40092 K59t

Loomis, Robert D. Great American Fighter Pilots of World War II. New York, Random House, 1961. 208 p.
Ace of Aces, pp 161-166.
See index for additional references.
Book call no.: 940.54 L863g

Philpott, Bryan. Famous Fighter Aces. Wellingborough, Stephens, 1989. 160 p.
Bong, pp 110-111.
Book call no.: R 940.44 P571f

Shores, Christopher F. Air Aces. Novato, CA, Presidio Press, 1983. 192 p.
America's Top Pair--Bong and McGuire, p 132.
See index for additional references.
Book call no.: 358.4 S559a

Toliver, Raymond F. and Constable, Trevor J. Fighter Aces. New York, Macmillan, 1965. 354 p.
See pages 68-72.
Book call no.: 940.544 T649f

Toliver, Raymond F. and Constable, Trevor J. Fighter Aces of the U.S.A. Atglen, PA, Schiffer Military History, 1997. 400 p.
Especially note pages 84-88.
See index for additional references.
Book call no.: R 923.573 T649f 1997

Ulanoff, Stanley. Fighter Pilot: Aerial Combat Aces from 1914 to the Present Day. New York, Prentice Hall, 1986. 314 p.
Captain Richard Bong, pp 158-172.
Book call no.: 358.43 U36f 1986

United States. Army. Public Information Division. The Medal of Honor. Washington, GPO, 1948. 468 p.
Bong, Richard I., p 326.
There is also a copy in Reference.
Book call no.: 355.134 U581m

Websters' American Military Biographies. Springfield, MA, G & C Merriam, 1984. 548 p. 
Bong, Richard Ira, p 35.

Book call no.: 923.5 W385 1984

WW II Air War: The Men, the Machines, the Missions. Minnetonka, MN, Cowles Enthusiast Media,1996. 176 p.
Flying Circus over the Pacific: Dick Bong and Tom Lynch Teamed Up in Their P-38s to Terrorize the Japanese Air Force, pp 18-27.
Book call no.: 940.5442 W973

World War II in the Air: The Pacific, edited by James F. Sundeman. New York, Franklin Watts, 1962. 306 p.
I Take Bong Out of Combat, by Gen. George C. Kenney, pp 197-203.
Book call no.: 940.544 S958w v.1


Bamford, Hal. Ace of Aces. Airman 4:14-15 November 1960.

Bell Ringer: No. I American Fighter Pilot of the Southwest Pacific. Time 42:68+ August 9, 1943.

Crichton,Kyle. Captain Bong Comes Home. Collier's 113:22-23+ February 26, 1944.

A Dedication in Memory of Richard I. Bong: A Memorial in His Home Town Honors the Name of Our Greatest Ace. Air Force 38:63 July 1955.

Frisbee, John L. Top Gun (Maj Dick Bong, Leading American Ace of WWII). Air Force Magazine 70:108 October  1987.

Jet Plane Explosion Kills Major Bong, Top U.S. Ace. New York Times, p 1+, col. 1, August 7, 1945.

Johns, Larry H. Mild-Mannered Major Richard Ira Bong Became America's Highest-Scoring Ace of All Time. World War II 8:10+ September  1993.

Lauro, Michael J.  Into the Hall of Fame (Maj Richard Ira Bong, WW II Ace). Airman 30: 13-15 July 1986.

Medal of Honor Profiles in Courage: Richard Bong -- America's All-Time Ace of Aces. U. S. News & World Report 109:57-58 November 12, 1990.

O'Connor, Mike. Ace of Aces: The Story of Major Dick Bong, America's Top Ace. Air Classics 22:14-18+ April 1986.
Provides numerous photographs.

Reed, Jay. A Time for Patriots. Airman 16:11-12 January 1972.


Medal of Honor. Palm Springs, CA, Big Picture, Historical Film and Video, 1993. 1 videocassette, 20 min.
Provides profiles of World War I and II Medal of Honor winners including Bong.
Video call no.: 355.1342 M488

The Top Aces. Marina del Ray, CA, Aviation A. V. Library/Ferde Grofe Films, 1989. 1 videocassette, 64 min.
Part One: The Fighter Ace - An Eagle's Eye View (includes material on Bong).
Video call no.: 623.7464 T673

The War Aces. Clifton, NJ, U.S. News Video, 1992. 1 videocassette, 50 min.
Video call no.: 358.4383 W253

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