42-27390         P47

 

On 29 January 1945, a P-7D23-RA, “The Mick,” # 42-27390, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron, departed Myitkyina East, Burma, on a close air support bombing and strafing mission. The fighter was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was seen to crash in a wooded area containing personnel, radios and trucks, one mile south of Namhkai, Burma, East of the road, by Capt. Bernard A. Hawkins, 0-1699197, 1stLt Gale H. Lyon, 0-754644, and 2ndLt Thomas J. Wheeler, 0-715079, at about 0915 hours about 3 miles East of Hesi, Burma. The pilot was 1stLt Jack W. King, 0-692686.

 

1stLt Raymond F. Murdock, 0-764398, flew over the damaged fighter and saw that the cockpit and engine areas were burned. He saw no sign that the pilot was able to leave the fighter.

 

1stLt Lyon reported that he was the leader of Green Flight (Storm Proof) and arrived over the target at 0840 hours. They circled until they could see the target and started bombing at 0900 hours. Two bomb runs were made and he saw no enemy action. They made a strafing pass. Anti-aircraft fire was fired at their altitude and was accurate. Lt. King called that he was hit and had no oil pressure and was losing altitude. He belly landed in an open field. The right wing hit a stump, rotating the fighter 180º. The engine caught on fire. He did not see Lt. King get out. He made 4 passes and did not see the pilot. 2ndLt Wheeler confirmed Lt. Lyon’s report. Capt. Hawkins confirmed Lt. Lyon’s report.

 

KING, JACK W., First Lieutenant, # 0-692686, USAAF

 

Jack W. King completed flight instruction through advanced schools to earn his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 January 1945, a P-7D23-RA, “The Mick,” # 42-27390, assigned to 10th Air Force, 80th Fighter Group, 90th Fighter Squadron, departed Myitkyina East, Burma, on a close air support bombing and strafing mission. The fighter was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and was seen to crash in a wooded area containing personnel, radios and trucks, one mile south of Namhkai, Burma, East of the road, by Capt. Bernard A. Hawkins, 0-1699197, 1stLt Gale H. Lyon, 0-754644, and 2ndLt Thomas J. Wheeler, 0-715079, at about 0915 hours about 3 miles East of Hesi, Burma. 1stLt Raymond F. Murdock, 0-764398, flew over the damaged fighter and saw that the cockpit and engine areas were burned. He saw no sign that the pilot was able to leave the fighter. 1stLt Lyon reported that he was the leader of Green Flight (Storm Proof) and arrived over the target at 0840 hours. They circled until they could see the target and started bombing at 0900 hours. Two bomb runs were made and he saw no enemy action. They made a strafing pass. Anti-aircraft fire was fired at their altitude and was accurate. Lt. King called that he was hit and had no oil pressure and was losing altitude. He belly landed in an open field. The right wing hit a stump, rotating the fighter 180º. The engine caught on fire. He did not see Lt. King get out. He made 4 passes and did not see the pilot. 2ndLt Wheeler confirmed Lt. Lyon’s report. Capt. Hawkins confirmed Lt. Lyon’s report.