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William Donald King

Military

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 #42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 15519

Awards: AM (4OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean war, crashed in B-29A of 344th BS, 98th BW 4 miles north of Taegu, South Korea, Killed in Action (KIA)

Service

People

  • Oscar O'Neill

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5070 'Invasion II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/42; New Castle 11/10/42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 14/12/42; Missing in Action 18m Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Oscar O'Neill, Co-pilot: Bob Friehofer, Navigator: Capt Edwin Carmichael, Bombardier: Capt Edwin Bush,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pecos County, TX, USA 18 January 1923
Lived in Imperial, TX 79743, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Bliss, TX, USA 17 December 1941

Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 17 April 1943

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 17 April 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).Stalag Luft IV.

Shot down Oldenburg, Germany 17 April 1943

Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety.

Discharged USAAF 16 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted Fort Worth, TX, USA 9 September 1950

Re-Enlisted.

Died Daegu, South Korea 30 August 1952

Killed in action in the crash of B-29A from 98th BW 344th BS 4 miles north of Taegu, South Korea.

Buried Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii 1953

Courts of the missing
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

Buried Monahans Memorial Cemetery, Monahans, Texas 1953

Memorialised
Monahans Memorial Cemetery
Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 17:55:22 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/47349570
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71939673/william-don-king

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 00:14:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2017 20:37:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84735563_william_d%20king/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/32151287/?terms=42-5070
https://www.fold3.com/image/320759537/?terms=William%20D%20King
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46978644

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15519 / MACR 15519, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 105, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn by Havelaar pp. 37-38, NARA / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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