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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
06 Jan 1919 2
1919 1
Lincoln County, NE 2
Nebraska 1
Death:
20 Feb 1945 2
Nurnberg, Germany 2
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323BS ER McKNIGHT.jpg
323BS ER McKNIGHT.jpg
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Eddie flew "Wicked Witch" more than any other Fortress during his tour at Bassingbourne - six of seventeen missions, including his final sortie on 20 February 1945, on which he lost his life.
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McKnight's crew flew "Hi-Ho SIlver" on their 3rd, 6th, 9th & 12th missions.
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McKnight's crew flew this aircraft "borrowed" from the 401st Bomb Squadron for their fifth mission on 2 January 1945.
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Eddie's crew flew "Peace Or Bust" on back-to-back missions, 10 & 14 January 1945.
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The McKnight crew was aboard "Happy Valley Express" only once - for their 21 January 1945 sortie.
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On 1 February 1945, McKnight's crew "borrowed" this aircraft from the 322nd Bomb Squadron for their mission assignment.
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The 16 February 1945 mission to Gelsenkirchen found McKnight's crew flying B-17G serial 43-38901 "Star Dust," loaned from the 322nd Bomb Squadron.
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B-17G serial 44-6618 (coded OR-U) suffered this landing mishap around 17 January 1945. Following repairs, Eddie's crew was the first to fly this "no name" Fort, for their 19 February sortie.
ERM NEWSCLIP.jpg
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A jumble of newsclippings from hometown area newspapers. The outlined portions deal specifically with Eddie's loss on 20 February 1945; references to notification "last Friday" most likely date them around 23 February. The center column, titled "Lost Fliers' Fate Known" is a clipping from post-May 1945.
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ERM OBIT.jpg
Obituary which appeared in local papers following the transfer of Eddie's body from France to his hometown cemetery, sometime in February 1949 - four years after his actual loss in combat.

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Person:
Eddie R McKnight 1
Level of Education: 1 year of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
06 Jan 1919 2
1919 1
Lincoln County, NE 2
Nebraska 1
Male 2
Death:
20 Feb 1945 3
Nurnberg, Germany 3
Cause: Hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target; McKnight & six others among the crew perished. 3
Residence:
Place: Lincoln County, Nebraska 1
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Birth:
Mother: Roxie T Ledbetter 2
Father: William S McKnight 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
19 Dec 1940 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
19017067 1
Enlistment Place:
Tacoma Washington 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Clerks, general office 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Employment:
Employer: U.S. Army Air Forces (1st Lieutenant) 3
Position: Pilot, B-17, 91st BG, 323rd Bomb Sq. 3
Place: Bassingbourne, England (AAF Sta. 121) 3
Start Date: 24 Dec 1944 3
End Date: 20 February 1945 (KIA) 3
91st BG Mission #271, 28 December 1944:
2nd mission - Ludendorf, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #272. 29 December 1944:
3rd mission - Wittlich, Germany 3
91st BG MIssion #275, 2 January 1945:
5th mission - Prum, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #276. 3 January 1945:
6th mission - Koln, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #279, 10 January 1945:
7th mission - Ostheim, Germany 3
91st BG MIssion #280, 14 January 1945:
8th mission - Koln, Germany 3
91st BG MIssion #282, 17 January 1945:
9th mission - Paderborn, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #283, 20 January 1945:
10th mission - Ludwigshaven, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #284, 21 January 1945:
11th mission - Aschaffenburg, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #287, 29 January 1945:
12th mission - Niederlahnstein, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #288, 1 February 1945:
13th mission - Mannheim, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #290, 6 February 1945:
14th mission - Gotha, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #294, 16 February 1945:
15th mission - Gelsenkirchen, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #295, 19 February 1945:
16th mission - Dortmund, Germany 3
91st BG Mission #296, 20 February 1945:
17th mission - Nurnberg Germany 3
91st BG Mission 274, 1 January 1945:
4th mission - Kassel, Germany 3
91st BG MIssion #270, 24 December 1944:
1st mission - Merzausen * Kirch-Gon Airfields, Germany 3
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Box Number: 0300 1
Film Reel Number: 3.22 1

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