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    Default Leading Aircraftman Harold Knight 567 Squadron

    Hi All,

    Looking for the details relating to the loss of the following airman.

    Can anyone please help?

    Regards
    Peter.


    Name: KNIGHT, HAROLD
    Initials: H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 567 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 14/05/1944
    Service No: 1323380
    Additional information: Son of Albert William and Dora Anne Knight, of Upper Stratton, Wiltshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 242.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

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    Hi Peter,

    Martinet I, EM473

    Engine cut. Ditched off Whitstable, Kent.

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    Hi Peter
    At the time of Knight's death 567 were an Anti Aircraft Cooperation Unit based at Detling but with a detachment at Eastchurch. They used Hurricanes, Barracudas, Martinets and Oxfords. As he is on the Runnymede Memorial he has no known grave so it seems possible that he might have been lost over the sea in one of the multi-seat a/c, as an LAC he will not have been aircrew. You should look for a loss or accident to a Barracuda, Martinet or Oxford in which he might have been a passenger or for which he might have been a Fitter or Mechanic taken aloft on an Air Test of work for which he had been responsible.
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    Hi Ross

    Many thanks for the fast response, its most appreciated.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Hi Dick

    Many thanks for the additional info.

    Regards
    Peter

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    Hi Peter,

    Martinet EM.473 was operating with No.567 AAC Squadron out of Detling on a local target towing flight; Pilot being P/O W Nichol (160629) with LAC Knight acting as TTO. At 16.25 the aircraft ditched into the sea near Whitstable following engine failure at approx 1000'. Engine failure suspected as prop seen 'windmilling' and reported surging in power just prior to the aircraft losing height. F/Lt Brooks arrived at Detling on 17.05.1944 as investigating officer.

    Trust some of this of interest.

    Kind regards,

    Tim

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    Thanks Tim and yes, its of interest.

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    Peter

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