Name: Ronald Runyan King
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Unit:  333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 01 November 1926
Home City of Record: SANTA CRUZ CA
Date of Loss: 03 October 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 174059 North  1074457 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105d #1824
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0846

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020



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Major (Maj) Ronald Runyan King, who joined the U.S. Air Force from California, served with the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron. On October 3, 1967, Maj King was the pilot and sole occupant of an F-105 Thunderchief (tail number 59-1824, call sign "Scotch 02") and was attempting a mid-air refueling during a combat mission when there was a malfunction with a fuel receptacle. The pilot of the fuel tanker reported seeing streaks of flame coming from the aft section of the Thunderchief. Maj King made a turning descent towards the water, and the tanker pilot saw Maj King eject. He landed in the water in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q YE 690 401, but when search personnel located Maj King they discovered he was entangled in his parachute and had drowned. The rescue helicopter was unable to retrieve his body because the parachute acted as a sea anchor and threatened to pull the helicopter into the sea. A surface vessel dispatched to the scene could not locate Maj King's body because of darkness. His remains were never recovered. Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Air Force posthumously promoted Maj King to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col). Today, Lt Col King is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.   

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