2nd Lt. John McDowell King was born Montgomery, Alabama, the son of Chandler King and Virginia McDowell. He had one brother, Chandler King Jr. who was killed in an automobile accident in 1940. John King was a graduate of McCallie School. He enrolled at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1941 and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.  He received basic pilot training at Chico Army Air Field in Chico, California and advanced pilot training at Luke Field, Arizona. He went overseas March 7 and was assigned directly to the fighting area in Italy.

He was the pilot of aircraft P-38J with serial number 42-104071 and died non battle in a flying accident on 4 May 1944 in Italy.

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 19 November 1923
  • Date of death: 4 May 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Oak Grove Cemetery, Saint Marys, Camden County, Georgia
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Bottom Panel
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