McKnight, Harry Alvin

Individual Personnel Data
Name McKnight, Harry Alvin   
Rank Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 16051589   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943, effective 11 March 1943.
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 26 June 1943
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15
DecorationsAwarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on 26 June 1943 per General Orders #15, Headquarters, Miami District, AAF Personnel Distribution Command dated 27 September 1945.
Additional Information
  • Date of Birth: 10 August 1918
  • Ordered to attend Gunnery School at Snettisham, Norfolk, for approximately 10 days beginning on or about 30 May 1943, on SO #21 dated 30 May 1943. Students are required to bring .50 cal. Ammunition, gas mask, steel helmet, mess equipment, blankets, clothing for ten days, and draw 'PX rations' in advance.
Related Documents Post Loss Document File #4
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Original 384th Combat Crew
2nd Lt. Kowalski, Ellwood DavidPilotKIFA
2nd Lt. Bell, Joseph WCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Eggers, Samuel Andrew, JrNavigatorKIFA
2nd Lt. Murphy, Leo AmbroseBombardierKIFA
S/SGT. Blaise, Jean LeRoyRadio Operator / GunnerKIFA
S/SGT. Bossinger, George AlpheusEngineer / Top Turret GunnerEV
SGT. Penick, Eugene WalkerBall Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Majors, Hugh DavidTail GunnerTR
SGT. Hardin, David JacksonFlexible GunnerKIA
S/SGT. McKnight, Harry AlvinFlexible GunnerPOW

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 1 Combat Mission.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
3 26 June 1943 Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑30037 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
Attacked by enemy aircraft east of Caen, France; crew bailed out; aircraft crashed east of Dieppe, France.
Sortie Report

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