re: Jackpot and Bubba
That's where the term ' Major Bong ' came from.
Here's a link about Bong.
Bong began shooting down Japanese planes at a rapid rate. Here's a summary of his action:
Date Kills Location/Comment
December 27, 1942 2 over Buna
January 7, 1943 2 Oscars over Lae
January 8 1 over Lae Harbor, made 'ace'
February 3 back with 9th FS, at Schwimmer
March 3 1 Zero during Battle of the Bismarck Sea
March 11 2 Zeroes
March 29 1 Betty? bomber; promoted to 1st Lt.
April 14 1 bomber, defending against Jap attack on Milne Bay. 'Double Ace'. Awarded Air Medal
June 12 1 Zero, over Bena Bena
July 26 4 fighters, on escort o Lae; awarded DSC
Except for this July 26 engagement, Bong never had any hugely successful single mission such as McGuire or Shubin. Bong's kills were evenly spread out throughout his time flying combat. Also, most of Bong's victories were in the earlier stages of the war against very experienced Japanese pilots. Bong also was considered extremely lucky in finding the enemy. Some pilots hardly saw any enemy fighters in all their time flying combat.
July 28 1 Oscar, on B-25 escort over New Britain. Bong's plane damaged.
August 24 promoted to Captain, R&R in Australia
September 6 0 claimed two bombers, but wins were not confirmed; crash-landed at Mailinan airstrip
October 2 1 Dinah, while leading Green Flight over Gasmata
October 29 2 Zeros, over enemy airfield at Rabaul
November 5 2 Zeros, over enemy airfield at Rabaul; total of 21 kills
Dec. 1943 - Jan. 1944 - On leave at home in Wisconsin, met Marge Vattendahl
Feb. 1944 - assigned to V Fighter Command HQ, allowed to 'free-lance'
February 15 1 Tony off Cape Hoskins, New Britain, first vistory in 'Marge'
February 28 0 destroyed a Japanese transport full of officers on the runway at Wewak
March 3 2 Sally bombers, over Tadji, New ******
March 8 Friend & mentor Tom Lynch killed
April 3 1 fighter over Hollandia, 25th win
April 12 3 surpassed Rickenbacker's WWI record of 26
Major Bong had quite an impressive record.