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    Default Sgt. F H. Knight 51 Squadron.

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

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Regards
    Peter.


    Name: KNIGHT, FRANK HENRY
    Initials: F H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 51 Sqdn.
    Age: 31
    Date of Death: 04/04/1943
    Service No: 1380457
    Additional information: Son of Edward James Knight and Ellen Eliza Knight, of Horsham.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Block U. Grave 314.
    Cemetery: HORSHAM (HILLS) CEMETERY

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    Peter

    Halifax II DT666 FIGN Shortlands Farm, Selby, Yorks. As well as Knight the pilot, CE Pheloung and crewman JJ Merritt were also killed.

    (Chorley)

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    Many thanks Dave.

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    Peter.

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    Peter,

    'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998)':
    Sat 3/Sun 4 Apr 1943
    BOMBER COMMAND
    Raid on Essen, Germany (by 348 aircraft - 24 lost)...

    ...51 Squadron, RAF (Snaith, Yorkshire - 4 Group)
    Halifax II DT666/T - took off at 1953 on same raid as the above, but on returning to base at 0025 flew an erratic circuit on going around again. During the circuit the nose momentarily struck the ground and the starboard inner engine failed, following which DT666 stalled and crashed just north of the airfield at Shortlands Farm, near Carlton. Three of the crew died, including the captain, who is buried at Selby, 7 miles NNW of Snaith. The four who survived four were all injured, including air gunner Sgt B Williams, RNZAF.
    Captain: NZ415200 Sgt Charles Edward PHELOUNG, RNZAF - Age 25. 325hrs (23 solo on Halifax). 3rd op.
    Williams was brought down and made prisoner of war nearly six months later, on 22/23 September, while flying with 432 Sqn, RCAF, on a raid against Hannover.

    Errol

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