1st Lt. Wallace “Wally” N. King

513th Ftr Sq, 406th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.

Wally King was born in Courtland, Ohio on October 31, 1923. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, he was assigned to the 9th Air Force Division as a Private. Shortly after, he became an aviation cadet and eventually a 1st Lieutenant.

During his service, Wally flew 75 combat missions as a fighter pilot in P-51s & P-47s. It was his mission to shoot at the Germans and keep them at bay so the American transports could drop supplies and provide close air support for Allied forces during the Battle of the Bulge. In March of 1945, his squadron attacked flak positions along the Rhine River, allowing Allied paratroopers to deploy in Operation Varsity. During this operation, his wingman was wounded and taken prisoner and his squadron commander was killed in action.The only time Wally was wounded was on
April 20,1945.

Wally’s war ended on May 3, 1945 when he was turned over to the American bridgehead at Magdeburg, Germany by a German medical unit. Wally was discharged on December 3, 1945.