WWII


He became a flying cadet in the US Army Air Corps, in time for the entry of America into World War II. Dick became America's all-time Ace of Aces, downing 40 enemy planes in the Pacific theater of the ...

P-38 Lightning

The fastest and longest-ranged fighter in the world. The P-38 saw action in many theaters during WWII-Europe, the Mediterranean, China-Burma, the Aleutians and the Southwest Pacific where it enjoyed its ...

The Changing Exhibit Gallery

Soldiers, civilians or prisoners of war. The BHC’s newest exhibit “Trench Art” illustrates, via 20 WWII artifacts, the skill and creativity used by servicemen to craft works of art from the leftovers of ...

Programs
 

History of the Bong Memorial
The Bong P-38 Fund was planning a permanent shelter for the plane, the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII was celebrated and the inherent interest in honoring our nation’s WWII veterans led to the ...

What's New in Exhibits

Civilians or prisoners of war. The BHC’s newest exhibit “Trench Art” illustrates, via 20 WWII artifacts, the skill and creativity used by servicemen to craft works of art from the leftovers of ...

Exhibits
 

..else because railroads, to her, were very antiquated. She said that she rode in a train coach during WW I, with oil lamps for lighting the coach. Then she said 'I think I rode the same coach now during WW II.' She was very interesting to walk and talk with, and I only regret not having a picture taken with ...

Building Our Collection 

Since opening in 2002 as a World War II Heritage Center, our museum’s collections have grown to over 6,000 individual items. Artifacts ...
... collection. TYPES OF MATERIALS WE ARE SEEKING • Uniforms-all branches, ranks. We have many WWII era uniforms in the collections but yours may be unique or might fill a hole in our collection-let’s ...

Tile Gallery 

  Tile Gallery You can honor family and friends who participated in WWII, either on the homefront or on the frontline, in our Commemorative Tile Gallery. To include the name ...

Altitudes of Support 

... museum - the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. In response to numerous requests from post-WWII veterans to consider honoring their generation's service, the Center's new Mission Statement reads: ...

Donate Your Memorabiia 

Donate Your WWII Memorabilia   Do you have memorabilia from the WWII era that you would be willing ...

A Letter from Marge

...tle with cancer, Marge died in Superior, Wisconsin, with her family at her side. “World War II was a time in history that saw probably the most patriotic outpouring that the average citizen fel...

Jeff Ellenson 

...erican whom I will never meet. Outside of my family, all of my heroes died on the Allied side in WWll. Email your stories to the Curator of the Bong Veterans Historical Cen...

For Kids 

... States' highest-scoring air ace having shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft during World War II. He was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) and a recipient of the Medal of Hono...