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Bedford B King


Bedford B King served as a ball turret gunner with the 389th Bomb Group out of Hethel. He was shot down on 20 December 1943 in B-24 41-28589. He was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

In Memoriam

Remembered by Leslie J. Fells:
'I knew Bedford King in the '70's, he was my father's best friend. I knew he was a POW and he was an exterminator with Rose Pest Control in San Jose, Ca. I wondered about his service because his POW status was discovered by accident, we were having dinner and as a sign of respect he sat in my dad's chair, I always sat by my dad. I was about 7 or 8 years old and I accidentally spilled my water onto his plate! I was mortified and I offered to replace his drenched food with a new serving. His reply stays with me to this day "I have eaten worse" which opened up my curiosity and lead to his telling me he was a POW. We called him King and he was a kind but reserved man.'



  • Cecil Middleton

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 #4128589. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...


  • 41-28589

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen, A/C severely hit by flak crew baled out 20-Dec-43. 10 x POW. MACR 1972.

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Born Chickasha, Oklahoma 1921
Enlisted Sacramento, CA, USA 30 August 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) North Sea 20 December 1943 – 1945
Died Stateline, NV 89449, USA 1988


Date Contributor Update
04 October 2016 15:15:37 Lucy May Changes to memoriam

Correspondence with Leslie J. Fells

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2016 15:13:58 Lucy May Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2016 16:33:25 Lucy May Changes to biography

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2016 16:31:17 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

NARA enlistment record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1972 / MACR 1972, 389th BG Roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database