KING, MARION ALLEN, First Lieutenant, # 0-863869, USAAF
Marion A. King was born on 8 August 1920 in Huntsville, Walker Co., Texas, to Thomas Ezekiel King (1880-1948) and Bertha Maude (Allen) King (1886-1977). Siblings included Doris Helen King (1922-1999), Victor Adair King (1926-2007), and Ray King (1930-1992). Living with them in 1940 were his maternal grandmother, Louraney Louisiana Allen (1858-1951) (widowed – Alvin Peter William Allen (1850-1928) and a maternal grand-aunt, Zona (Allen) Ferguson (1877- ). He died on 12 October 2004 and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas.
He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 1203 Avenue O, Huntsville, TX, a student at Sam Houston State Teachers College, and described himself as 5’, 11 ½”, 159 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He had a scar between his eyes from broken glasses. He enlisted in the USAAF on 8 August 1941. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radar equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India on 13 April 1944. On 28 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-24706, “Windy City II,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron (of which Lt.Col. Hennin was Commander), departed the airfield at Kharagpur, India, on a training flight over Halliday Island and return. The # 3 engine was losing power, then caught fire. The Kidde system (fire surpression) was activated and the fire was under control. The electrical system was deactivated. SSgt Metzger was sent to turn on the “putt-putt” (small generator) and did so. As it was activated, the entire right wing exploded. King, Salisbury, Metzger, Dilioway, Davis and Vavra bailed out and saw the B-29 roll over twice as it went down. He was wounded. He was awarded the Air Medal.
His brother, Victor A. King, born 3 August 1926, enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on 8 February 1945. He died on 20 August 2007 and is buried in the Mission Retama Burial Park, Selma, Bexar Co., Texas.