The Greatest Fighter Pilot In American History Was Named Dick Bong

By Kellar Ellsworth
Pacific Ace Hits the Bell - 27 Japanese Planes Down. Southwest Pacific: Captain Richard I. Bong was proclaimed America's ace of aces. Source: (gettyimages.com)

Names tend to follow people throughout their lives, especially when they make people giggle. Dick Trickle, Harry Baals, and Tokyo Sexwale were all real people with incredibly unfortunate names. However, the man with perhaps the most unfortunate name, which unfortunately overshadows his incredible feats in life, was Major Dick Bong.