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 Raymond Larry Knight

Raymond Larry Knight

Birth
Timpson, Shelby County, Texas, USA
Death 25 Apr 1945 (aged 22)
Italy
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Section H-B Site 11
Memorial ID 18089 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Timpson, Texas he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps. In April 1944, he was assigned to the 350th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, Northern Italy, where he flew 82 combat missions in a P-47 Thunderbolt. On the morning of April 25, 1945, Lieutenant Knight volunteered to lead another attack on the airfield at Bergamo, Italy. During this raid and the previous day on the same airfield, he destroyed six twin engine aircraft and three fighter planes. While returning to the US Air Corps base, his plane was seriously damaged from enemy fire and crashed in the Appennini Mountains. For his actions which hindered the enemy's ability to attack the advancing Allied forces from the air, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His other awards included two Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 25 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Larry Knight (15 Jun 1922–25 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18089, citing Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .