Corp Frank J Knight, Jr

Birth
Kentucky, USA
Death 30 Aug 1943 (aged 22–23)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56761462 · View Source
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Frank served as a Corporal & Assistant Engineer / Gunner on B-24D #42-40217, 372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Jefferson County, Kentucky prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 23, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in woodworking and also as Single, without dependents.

B-24D #42-40217 took off from Carney Field on Guadalcanal on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield on southern Bougainville along with 23 other bombers.

After releasing their bombs B-24D #42-40217 was attacked by possibly a Japanese Zero causing damage to the #1 & #2 engines and they crashed into the sea during the war.

Frank was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 15068330

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #42-40217:

Bernier, Roland W ~ Corp, Gunner, NH
Bloch, Arthur ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Couse, Fred A ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, FL
Falta, Walter A ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, MA
Haas, Edgar M ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, TX
Knight, Frank J, Jr ~ Corp, Asst. Engineer, KY
Langrock, Harold H ~ Corp, Tail Gunner, NY
McDonald, Harry L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MO
Sauer, Keith W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, ID
Tuttle, Roy H ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56761462
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Frank J Knight, Jr (1920–30 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56761462, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .