A native of Portland, Oregon, David Kingsley joined the Army Air Forces in 1942 and became a bombardier assigned to the 97th Bomb Group based in Italy. On June 23, 1944, just two years after the first Ploiesti raid, he valiantly gave his life to save a wounded crew member on his B-17, fatally stricken by flak and fighters in a mission against Ploiesti. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is named in his honor. (USAF photo)
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