King, Richard Fowler, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0177-Radio Operator
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1946, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Moultrie, GA
Last Address
Nadzab, New Guinea

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1944
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Papua New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)408th Bombardment Squadron22nd Bombardment Group, MediumUS Air Force
  1942-1942, US Army (USA)
  1943-1943, 408th Bombardment Squadron
  1943-1944, 22nd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1944-1946, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt Richard Fowler King was a Radio Operator aboard B-24 #42-100225. His pilot was Captain Paschal. The following narrative describes the circumstances that led to the death of SSgt Fowler and his crew:

"Tom Paschal and his crew boarded the 'Royal Flush' on April 16, 1944. The four-engine B-24, a heavy bomber in the 408th Squadron, 22nd Bomber Group, 5th Air Force, was one of 222 bombers taking off from Nadzib in eastern New Guinea, a large island in the Coral Sea just north of Australia. The bombers flew about 500 miles to pound the Japanese at Hollandia on the north coast of New Guinea. The massive American bombing run destroyed personnel area, supply depots and anti-aircraft sites, then escaped without losses. Until they hit the storm.
Royal Flush was one of five bombers flying in formation that entered a black cloud in very poor weather - only four came out. The Royal Flush was missing, and it was thought the bomber and crew disappeared into the ocean. In all, the storm claimed 30 bombers..." Source: Article of Topeka Capital-Journal, A world, a war away; Local relatives relieved WWII remains found, by Steve Fry, at

"Airmen Missing In Action From WWII are Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of eleven U.S. airmen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
They are Captain Thomas C. Paschal, El Monte, California; First Lieutenant Frank P. Giugliano, New York, New York; First Lieutenant James P. Gullion, Paris, Texas; Second Lieutenant Leland A. Rehment, San Antonio, Texas; Second Lieutenant John A. Widsteen, Palo Alto, California; Staff Sergeant Richard F. King, Moultrie, Georgia; Staff Sergeant William Lowery, Republic, Pennsylvania; Staff Sergeant Elgin J. Luckenbach, Luckenbach, Texas; Staff Sergeant Marion B. May, Amarillo, Texas; Sergeant Marshall P. Borofsky, Chicago, Illinois; Sergeant Walter G. Harm, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; all U.S. Army Air Forces.
The group remains of the entire crew are to be buried today at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, as are the individual remains of each man with the exception of King, Giugliano and Widsteen, whose families have elected hometown burials....
Source: News Releases from the United States Department of Defense, No. 338-06 Immediate Release, Apr 21, 2006,
"Name: Richard F King
Birth Year: 1917
Nativity State or Country: Missouri
State of Residence: Georgia
County or City: Colquitt
Enlistment Date: 8 Jun 1942
Enlistment State: Georgia
Enlistment City: Fort Mcpherson Atlanta
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the war...
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Marital Status: Married
Height: 66
Weight: 123"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,
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