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    Default Frederick George Knight - SAAF or RAFVR?

    Frederick George Knight was the pilot of an 11 Sqn Blenheim which was shot down by Zeros off Trincomalee on 9 April 1942. Most sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, say he was a Lt in the SAAF, but the London Gazette says at https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5358/page/6780 that he was a RAFVR Sgt commissioned as a RAFVR Plt Offr on 29 July 1941. His service number changed to 102349 from 108518 at that time. 102349 is the service number given by the CWGC.

    I am inclined to believe that Knight was a SAAF Lt, but in that case why was he not identified as such in the London Gazette entry?

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    Default Re: Frederick George Knight - SAAF or RAFVR?

    Rob

    According to a family tree on ancestry.com he was born at Burgerstorp in South Africa in 1912.

    The Graves Registration Form on his CWGC entry has S.A.A.F. and on the Panel List he's listed under 'South African Air Force.'

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi...george-knight/

    His brother 80270 Donald Crosbie Knight did serve in the R.A.F.:

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi...rosbie-knight/

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    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: Frederick George Knight - SAAF or RAFVR?

    Hi,

    THE LONDON GAZETTE, 25 NOVEMBER, 1941 p.6780

    102349 Frederick George KNIGHT (108518)

    His service number changed to 108518 from 102349 at that time.

    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    Notification cancelled.

    …25th Nov. 1941 (p. 6780, col. I) concerning
    Frederick George KNIGHT (108518) …

    (All promotions concerning the above fifteen
    officers subsequent to the date of commission are
    cancelled)

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...supplement/261



    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1054626

    p.45/32

    No. 71114 - P/O R. A. Knight, R. A. Pilot

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...8190#post58190

    post: No.4:

    71114 P/O (Pilot) Frederick George KNIGHT SAAF +

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...5634#post45634

    post No. 9

    102349 Lt (Pilot) Frederick George KNIGHT SAAF +

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=Z9574

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    Mojmir
    Last edited by vrajm; 27th May 2022 at 15:54.

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