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Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace (Badger Biographies)

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ISBN13: 9780870204340
ISBN10: 0870204343
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Who would have imagined a farm boy from Wisconsin would be the greatest air hero of World War II? Richard Bong was an athletic and hard-working boy from northern Wisconsin who dreamed of flying from the first time a plane buzzed low over his family farm. When war broke out, he left behind a life of sports, deer hunting, and farm chores to fly the new P-38 Lightning for the Army Air Force. Stationed in New Guinea, Bong shot down a total of 40 Japanese flyers in under three years - beating the record of 26 set by Eddie Rickenbacker in World War I. His accomplishments won this modest pilot the title "Ace of Aces" and a Congressional Medal of Honor awarded by General MacArthur himself.
 
Follow Bong as he navigates his way through basic training, flight school, and life on an overseas army base. Watch as he takes to the skies in his P-38 fighter jet, outflying Japanese aircraft with barrel rolls, dives, and turns. Celebrate as he meets and marries the love of his life back home in Wisconsin, and mourn as his life comes to a swift and unexpected end during an ill-fated training flight in California.
 
Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace is part of the Badger Biographies series for young readers. The engaging narrative is complemented by an accessible format that includes historic photographs, a glossary of terms, sidebars on life in the military, and suggestions for activities and discussion.

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Wisconsin-born Richard Bong was the highest-rated flying ace in World War II, famous for having shot down 40 Japanese planes during a 3 year career as a fighter pilot. The recipient of a Silver Star and a Congressional Medal of Honor, Bong was killed after the war in a flying accident just months after marrying the love of his life, Marge Vattendahl.
 
Badger Biographies is a series intended to integrate reading and Wisconsin history for 4th through 8th grade students or for ELL/ESL high school students.

About the Author

Pete Barnes is a National Board certified teacher who teaches fifth grade social studies, science, and math in New Albany, Ohio. He has written articles for youth audiences in the American history magazine Cobblestone, for educators in the magazine Instructor, and for fellow teachers in the magazine Teaching K-8.  Pete has a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary and a Masters degree in education from The Ohio State University. This is his second book in the Badger Biographies series.

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inkspotswis, September 3, 2009 (view all comments by inkspotswis)

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press continues its time-trek around the state with the twelfth installment of “Badger Biographies” of Wisconsin residents. This time the series, geared for fourth-graders who are learning state history, looks at Poplar native Richard Bong, one of World War II’s most decorated American fighter pilots who died tragically in a training accident in 1945, soon after returning home from the Pacific.

In addition to focusing on Bong’s character and family life, the book is a good primer on how pilots were trained and what they experienced in combat skies of that era. Aircraft enthusiasts will find mention and photos of many different types of American and Japanese planes and a discussion of flying formations and maneuvers used by the opposing sides. On a human level, Bong’s dislike of publicity is a testament to his down-to-earth personality, and a good lesson for young readers. The Bong family’s involvement in the book is evident in those sentiments and in personal photos and reminisces. Like previous titles in the series, “Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace” includes a glossary, index, reading group guide and suggested activities. Another great title in a much-needed niche series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870204340
Author:
Barnes, Pete
Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Fighter pilots -- United States.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
History - Military & Wars
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Badger Biographies Series
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 2 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in
Age Level:
07-12

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Wisconsin-born Richard Bong was the highest-rated flying ace in World War II, famous for having shot down 40 Japanese planes during a 3 year career as a fighter pilot. The recipient of a Silver Star and a Congressional Medal of Honor, Bong was killed after the war in a flying accident just months after marrying the love of his life, Marge Vattendahl.
 
Badger Biographies is a series intended to integrate reading and Wisconsin history for 4th through 8th grade students or for ELL/ESL high school students.
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