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  •  Late to the diary... saw a P-38 in a little museum (3+ / 0-)

    yesterday, the Richard H Bong Veteran's Center in Superior, Wisconsin. Bong was a northwest Wisconsin boy who flew P-38s in the early Pacific war and shot down 40 Japanese planes, more than any other American fighter in WW II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor. Unfortunately, he died in a crash, making one of the early F-80 test flights.
         I stopped yesterday for a break while driving; I've been passing it frequently but never stopped before. I was to fatigued to think of taking pictures of the plane. It's an original which was restored to look like the plane Bong flew on his second tour, with a photo of his fiance (later wife) which was blown up to poster size and pasted to the nose of the plane. The museum has a bunch of other items, mostly personal items donated by other veterans. No other planes, but a smaterring of military vehicles and a bunch of old uniforms.

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 09:21:45 AM PDT

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