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Traditional Geocache

Ace of Aces

Hidden : 6/26/2008
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:


This is a relatively easy find. The container is a plastic "test-tube" covered in black tape, and there's not much room for any thing other than a log and a pencil. Please note that in order to find this cache there is absolutely no need to climb over anything or root through plants or overturn rocks!

This is a busy location during the day as there is the museum and a nice play ground for the kiddies nearby. Because of this, I recommend doing this one in the early morning, or in the evening. Please use stealth when finding and replacing the cache!


Now for a bit of History: The son of a Swedish immigrant, Richard Ira Bong grew up in nearby Poplar, Wisconsin. He enrolled in a Civilian Pilot training program in 1938, and also took private flying lessons. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program.

In 1942, Bong joined up with the 49th Fighter Group. He was assigned to the 9th Fighter Squadron, the "Flying Knights," and was sent to Australia. While waiting for the Lockheed P-38 Lightnings to be delivered, he was flying with the 39th Fighter Squardon of the 35th Fighter Group and scored his first aerial victories, on December 27, 1942; a Zero and an Oscar, and earned a Silver Star.

Bong began shooting down Japanese planes at a rapid rate, and after he scored his 40th victory, Bong was ordered home for his safety and married his sweetheart, Marge, in Superior. America's "Ace of Aces," scored 40 aerial victories, flew 200 combat missions, and logged over 500 combat hours!

Unfortunately, he was killed six months after returning home on August 6, 1945 while testing the first Lockheed jet fighter plane. This was also the same day the Enola Gay dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.

You can learn more about Richard Bong (who the Bong Bridge is named after) and the P-38 Lightning fighter he flew in the Pacific by visiting the Richard I. Bong WWII Heritage Center.




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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybbx va gur fcnprf oruvaq gur oevpx jnyy.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 7/22/2014 11:11:46 AM Pacific Daylight Time (6:11 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum