A Wisconsin museum is partnering with a historic preservation group in a seek for the wreckage of World War II ace Richard Bong’s aircraft within the South Pacific.The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior and the nonprofit World War II historic preservation group Pacific Wrecks introduced the search on Friday, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Bong, who grew up in Poplar, is credited with taking pictures down 40 Japanese plane throughout World War II. He flew a Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft nicknamed “Marge” in honor of his girlfriend, Marjorie Vattendahl. Bong plastered a blow-up of Vattendahl’s portrait on the nostril of the aircraft, in response to a Pacific Wrecks’ abstract of the aircraft’s service.Bong mentioned on the time that Vattendahl “appears to be like swell, and a hell of quite a bit higher than these bare ladies painted on a lot of the airplanes,” the Los Angeles Times reported in Vattendahl’s 2003 obituary.Another pilot, Thomas Malone, was flying the aircraft in March 1944 over what’s now referred to as Papua New Guinea when engine failure despatched it right into a spin. Malone bailed out earlier than the aircraft crashed within the jungle.Pacific Wrecks founder Justin Taylan will lead the seek for the aircraft. He plans to depart for Papua New Guinea in May. He believes the search may take nearly a month and value about $63,000 generated by way of donations. Taylan instructed Minnesota Public Radio that he is assured he’ll discover the wreckage since historic information present an approximate location of the crash web site. But he is undecided there will probably be sufficient left to conclusively determine it as Marge.”Hopefully we’ll be capable to discover the final word proof, which will probably be a serial quantity from the airplane that claims this airplane is Marge,” Taylan mentioned.Bong shot down extra planes than some other American pilot, incomes superstar standing. Gen. Douglas MacArthur awarded him the Medal of Honor, the U.S. army’s highest ornament, in 1944.Bong married Vattendahl in 1945. He was assigned to obligation as a check pilot in Burbank, California, after three fight excursions within the South Pacific. He was killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when a P-80 jet fighter he was testing crashed. He died on the identical day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.Vattendhal was 21 when Bong died. She went on to develop into a mannequin and {a magazine} writer in Los Angeles. She died in September 2003 in Superior. A bridge connecting Superior and Duluth, Minnesota, is known as for Bong.

A Wisconsin museum is partnering with a historic preservation group in a seek for the wreckage of World War II ace Richard Bong’s aircraft within the South Pacific.

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior and the nonprofit World War II historic preservation group Pacific Wrecks introduced the search on Friday, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Bong, who grew up in Poplar, is credited with taking pictures down 40 Japanese plane throughout World War II. He flew a Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft nicknamed “Marge” in honor of his girlfriend, Marjorie Vattendahl. Bong plastered a blow-up of Vattendahl’s portrait on the nostril of the aircraft, in response to a Pacific Wrecks’ abstract of the aircraft’s service.

Bong mentioned on the time that Vattendahl “appears to be like swell, and a hell of quite a bit higher than these bare ladies painted on a lot of the airplanes,” the Los Angeles Times reported in Vattendahl’s 2003 obituary.

Another pilot, Thomas Malone, was flying the aircraft in March 1944 over what’s now referred to as Papua New Guinea when engine failure despatched it right into a spin. Malone bailed out earlier than the aircraft crashed within the jungle.

Pacific Wrecks founder Justin Taylan will lead the seek for the aircraft. He plans to depart for Papua New Guinea in May. He believes the search may take nearly a month and value about $63,000 generated by way of donations.

Taylan instructed Minnesota Public Radio that he is assured he’ll discover the wreckage since historic information present an approximate location of the crash web site. But he is undecided there will probably be sufficient left to conclusively determine it as Marge.

“Hopefully we’ll be capable to discover the final word proof, which will probably be a serial quantity from the airplane that claims this airplane is Marge,” Taylan mentioned.

Bong shot down extra planes than some other American pilot, incomes superstar standing. Gen. Douglas MacArthur awarded him the Medal of Honor, the U.S. army’s highest ornament, in 1944.

Bong married Vattendahl in 1945. He was assigned to obligation as a check pilot in Burbank, California, after three fight excursions within the South Pacific. He was killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when a P-80 jet fighter he was testing crashed.

He died on the identical day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Vattendhal was 21 when Bong died. She went on to develop into a mannequin and {a magazine} writer in Los Angeles. She died in September 2003 in Superior.

A bridge connecting Superior and Duluth, Minnesota, is known as for Bong.