On this date WWII fighter pilot Richard I. Bong died, the same day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Known as the Ace of Aces, Bong was a skillful and daring pilot. He was hand-picked to fly one of fifty . Between 1942 and 1944, he shot down 40 enemy aircraft and became the leading U.S. air ace of all time. Bong was killed when his P-80 Shooting Star crashed on the take-off roll. Richard I. Bong was distinguished with the , Distinguished Service Cross, and many other medals and citations of honor. Bong is buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Poplar, Wisconsin.