Frank N. King

Picture of Frank King FRANK N. KING, born March 6, 1920, at McCormick, S.C. Enlisted Aviation Cadet, January 1942. Completed pilot training 9 October 1942, Moore Field, Mission, TX. Class 42-1, Assigned 353rd Ftr. Gp. Norfolk, Va. Flew P-40, later P-47.

Arrived ETO 6 June 1943. Completed gunnery at Goxhill. Flew combat from Metfield and Raydon. Participated in air offensive - Europe. Fighter sweeps, bomber escort, dive bombing, and strafing. Was on Schweinfurt and 1st Berlin missions. Also 1st dive bombing missions in P-47. Escorted from 100 to 2,000 bombers.

Credited with 105 missions. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and cluster, Air Medal and 3 clusters. After combat, transferred to 27th Air Transport Group, Belfast, Ireland. Flew new aircraft to combat bases, including P-47, P-51, P-38, B-26, A-26, B-24, B-17, and C-47. Flew troops and cargo in ETO. Flew spotter cub to Paris. from Scotland. Toured Paris prior to troops entering.

Returned to States October 1,1944. Assigned P-47 combat instructor at Richmond, Va. Completed tour as test pilot. Released Active duty August 27, 1945. Terminal leave promotion to Captain.

Employed in printing industry. Graduated Temple University-Business Administration. As reservist flew AT-6 late 40's. Assigned Troop Carrier Wing 1951. Flew C-46 and C-119. As Squadron Ops and Squadron Commander the squadron was awarded the Air Force Flying Safety Award for ten years accident free flying. Flew cargo and personnel stateside during Korean War. Called to AD for Cuban Crisis. Transported troops and equipment during riots in the cities - 1960's.

At Operations control for Dominican flare up, and for ferrying C-119's to India and Vietnam. Instructed Vietnam pilots in C-119. Task for the Commander for specific Air Force/ Airborne Alaska operations. Retired from Reserve flying in 1971 as Colonel.

Graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and from the Air War College. Civilian occupation as Training Director Skilled occupations, State of N.J., U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Married to Ruth Ludlam 1944. Two children, Susan and Carol.

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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