McKnight, Lyle O

Individual Personnel Data
Name McKnight, Lyle O   
Rank Corporal / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 39392805   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #174 dated 31 August 1944
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 11 April 1945
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #227 dated 11 November 1944.




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Canion, Bill ElmerPilotPOW
2nd Lt. Gray, Fred PriceCo-pilotKIA
2nd Lt. Koch, William ConradNavigatorMIA
2nd Lt. Eicher, Alvin AnthonyBombardierPOW
CPL. Friedman, Jack KenyonRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
CPL. McAnear, Carlton SEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Kulis, Peter WilliamBall Turret GunnerPOW
CPL. Filkorn, John GeorgeTail GunnerKIA
CPL. Martin, Leonard NFlexible GunnerKIA
CPL. McKnight, Lyle OFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 35 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
192 11 September 1944 Target: Oil
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
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196 19 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship, lead squadron.
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197 21 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Mainz, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑6080 Combat Mission Credit
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198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97320 Aborted mission after taking off.
C Wing, lead group. Aborted over base during assembly due to personnel illness.
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199 26 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
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200 27 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (PFF Aiming Points)
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38615 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑37822.
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202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
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203 2 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
Dropped bombs early, reason unknown.
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204 3 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38615 Combat Mission Credit
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205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron.
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206 6 October 1944 Target: M/T Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Stettin / Szczecin, Poland
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38615 Combat Mission Credit
D group.
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208 9 October 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98000 Combat Mission Credit
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211 15 October 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8007 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF ship.
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213 18 October 1944 Target: Ford Motor Works
Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8008 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy. PFF ship. Took over on bomb run after lead Gee-h equipment failed, but too late to bomb primary. Led squadron to attack secondary by PFF.
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214 19 October 1944 Target: Heinrich Lanz Tank Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron, Group Deputy. Gee-H ship. Took over at IP and led squadron on bomb run.
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216 30 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102661 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron deputy.
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218 2 November 1944 Target: Ruhr-Chemie A.G. Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Sterkrade (Holten), Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Gee-H ship. Gee-H equipment failed before IP. Attempted to follow low squadron, but they turned off the bomb run. Then tried to catch lead squadron, but were unable. Then led squadron to a visual attack on the briefed last resort target.
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219 4 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Bottrop (Welheim), Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Gee-H ship; lead squadron deputy. Took lead for bomb run and bombing with Gee-H.
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220 5 November 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
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224 10 November 1944 Target: Butzweilerdorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
PFF ship; high squadron lead, 41st Bomb Wing D group. Marion Chase, Engineer: 'Feathered #3 after flak hit oil cooler and we lost our oil.'
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227 20 November 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Gee-H ship; lead squadron deputy, 41st Bomb Wing C group. The mission commander's narrative states: 'A/C 8016 (Pilot Gilbert) returned early due to engine failure. Bombs were jettisoned.' According to Marion Chase, Engineer: 'Five minutes before target, had a runaway prop and finally feathered it due to vibration. At 29,000 ft. we could not climb and lost our formation. Came back alone.'
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228 23 November 1944 Target: Nordstern Coking Plant at Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks-A.G.
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead, A group.
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229 25 November 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; landed away at Aldermaston.
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232 29 November 1944 Target: Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Misburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8216 Combat Mission Credit
Gilbert Crew took off in 43‑38016 but lost #2 engine; landed and moved to this aircraft.
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234 2 December 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Oberlahnstein, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead. Gee-H ship. Unable to determine if any aircraft were below his squadron on the first bomb run, he elected to make a second run, which was successful. This meant the squadron had to return to base without the protection of the bomber stream.
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238 11 December 1944 Target: Road & Rail Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy, B Group. Gee-H ship.
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248 1 January 1945 Target: Oil Storage Depot
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Derben, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead. PFF ship. Waist Gunner hit by flak but was saved by flak suit. After unsuccessful runs on the primary and secondary PFF targets, this squadron broke formation and returned to bomb the secondary PFF target by visual means.
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254 10 January 1945 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bonn, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38850 Combat Mission Credit
Lead squadron flying spare. Joined formation (low squadron).
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255 15 January 1945 Target: Neuburg Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑32106 Combat Mission Credit
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257 20 January 1945 Target: Rail and Road Bridges
Type: Transportation
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8401 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron lead; PFF ship. Landed away at RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
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264 3 February 1945 Target: Tempelhof Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
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265 9 February 1945 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Lützkendorf, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 44‑8580 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; PFF ship.
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268 19 February 1945 Target: Coking Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38801 Combat Mission Credit
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269 20 February 1945 Target: Main Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑98027 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron lead; PFF ship.
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273 24 February 1945 Target: Submarine Construction Shipyard
Type: Shipyards
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑38016 Combat Mission Credit
Low squadron hot camera ship.
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274 25 February 1945 Target: Tank & Submarine Engine Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
High squadron hot camera ship.
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