This Day in History: Major Richard Bong, Ace of Aces

On this day in 1945, America’s “Ace of Aces” is killed during a routine test flight in California. Major Richard Bong’s death came just as aviators on the other side of the world were dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. News of both events stunned the country. No one could quite believe what had happened: […]

This Day in History: Donald D. Pucket and a raid on Ploesti

On this day in 1944, a United States Army Air Forces pilot puts his life on the line. First Lieutenant Donald Pucket must have known that his action would mean certain death, but he simply refused to leave a man behind. Pucket’s heroism came during the critical effort to destroy oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania, during […]

This Day in History: Thomas A. Baker and the Battle of Saipan

On this day in 1916, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. You won’t believe what Private Thomas A. Baker accomplished with only eight bullets during the World War II Battle of Saipan! That battle was just one of several bloody battles fought in the Pacific in 1944. The Japanese were losing, but they […]