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James Liburn King

Military

Joined squad 31 January 1944. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA).

King was a two sport star at the University of Kentucky. He was a 2x 2nd Team All-SEC performer in basketball and a 2x All-SEC tournament team selection also in basketball.

Service

People

  • Phillip Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24225 'Flak Alley'

    B-24 Liberator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sharpe, Kentucky 42025, USA 30 September 1919
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY, USA August 1939 – May 1942

Two sport star, particularly in basketball where he was an All-SEC performer for Coach Adolph Rupp

Enlisted Lexington, KY, USA 17 April 1942
Died Eisenbach, Germany 24 February 1944

Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #4124225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA).
King successfully bailed out of the doomed ship, but he had been wounded by 20mm gunfire and died shortly after reaching the ground.

Buried Pferdsdorf, 99819 Krauthausen, Germany 25 February 1944

Pferdsdorf/Rhon Cemetery
Grave 202

Buried Sharpe, Kentucky 42025, USA 1949

Fooks Cemetery
Sharpe
Marshall County
Kentucky, USA

Lived in Parksville, KY 40440, USA

Parksville, Kentucky, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2016 03:13:49 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Statistics/Players/King_James.html
http://www.greenharbor.com/ROHPDF/ROHF44.pdf
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1039273

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 18:46:18 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, awards, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2922 / MACR 2922, Webb Todd, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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