|Pilot 1st Lt. Delmar E. King, O-677056 (MIA / KIA) AR
MIA June 18, 1944 at 11:30am
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 2313. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38J-10-LO Lightning serial number 42-67802. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron. Assigned squadron code "J" on each side of the pilot's nacelle. The propeller spinners were painted yellow. The rest of the aircraft was natural aluminum. When lost, engines V-1710-91 serial number 42-95234 and V-1710-89 serial number A-035495. Weapon serial numbers not listed in Missing Aircrew Report 8520 (MACR 8520).
On June 18, 1944 took off from Hollandia piloted by 1st Lt. Delmar E. King on a flight bound for Nadzab No. 4 Airfield (Newton). The aircraft was last seen at 11:30am three miles out to sea in the vicinity of Murik Lagoon off the north coast of New Guinea. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
The same day at 2:30pm, three P-38s piloted by Captain Walter Posvistak, Lt. Dwyer and Lt. McLLvride took off on a search mission for the missing plane and thoroughly searched the area it was lost with nil sightings. The only sighting was a wheel and belly tank holder that had washed up on the beach south of Cape Terebu.
King was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. King also has a memorial marker at Little Rock National Cemetery in section MIA site 42.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38J-10-LO Lightning 42-67802
"67802 (475th FG, 431st FS) damaged when nose tire was blown [sic]"
Missing Aircrew Report 8520 (MARC 8520) created July 1, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Delmar E. King
FindAGrave - 1Lt Delmar E King (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Delmar E King (memorial marker photo)
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February 18, 2020