Thursday, October 20, 2011

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

    Richard Bong was a local farm boy who became a flying ace in WWII shooting down over forty Japanese planes, more than any other pilot. He was deemed too valuable of an asset to risk in combat and was sent home to do public relations tours promoting the sale of war bonds. He also started working at Wright Field as a test pilot and in a strange twist of fate, was killed when his plane malfunctioned at takeoff.  The museum tells his story along with those of other local soldiers and civilians including the women who worked in the busy wartime ship and train yards.

   Everything is accessible starting with push button entrance doors. There are several short movies in different sections of the museum. All have movable chairs and low push buttons to start them.

  The parking lot is large enough for any size RV.  Museum
46.72311, -92.06921

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