2/Lt. Maynard R. King

(F. Birtciel)

2/Lt. Maynard R. King

343rd FS   02 August 1944 - 10 September 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-13843

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
227 05 September 1944 Stuttgart
230 10 September 1944 Nürnberg (Blue 2)
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Score Detail 05 September 1944  Ju-87 destroyed (ground) Goppingen
05 September 1944  Me-110 damaged (ground) Goppingen
Notes Entered service from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
ASN - O-824647
02 August 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
10 September 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 08558
1/Lt. Paul R. Porter reported: "Sept. 10, 1944, while on an escort mission to Nuremberg, Germany, Captain Parker's flight, Tudor Blue, with Lt. Maynard R. King, wingman to Lt. Lawrence, element leader, and I, number 4 man, went down to the deck between 1210 and 1220 to strafe an airdrome on which we had sighted enemy A/C.  The airfield was about 20 miles NW of Nuremberg near Herzogenaurach, 49 degrees 35 minutes N - 10 degrees 55 minutes East.  We were making our pass from SE to NW right on the deck and were spread out almost line abreast.  We were met with plenty of flak, light stuff, which seemed to come mostly from the NW corner of the field in the vicinity of a hangar.  As I peeled up to the right off the field, my eye caught Lt. King's ship just as the left wing and prop tore off.  I am sure this was due to flak.  He somersaulted or cart-wheeled and crashed into the hangar, going right in the open front, causing quite an explosion inside.  I'm sure he must have been hit by flak from enemy field positions."

German J2064 reported 2/Lt. Maynard King found dead.  Burial: Cemetery Kitsingen. 
Lt. King was shot down over Kitzingen Airfield (home of a Staffel from NJG 6) and he was initially buried at the local städische Friedhof.  Lt. King was then reburied at the Lorraine American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Saint Avold, France.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble
Additional information supplied by Hans Hauprich.


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