LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Donald Erskine KNIGHT

Service No: 2762
Born: Launceston TAS, 8 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 4 March 1940 (at Essendon VIC)
Unit: No. 3 Squadron
Died: Air Operations (No. 3 Squadron Tomahawk aircraft AN285), Libya, 13 December 1941, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Evelyn Vernon Knight and Ina Beresford Knight, of Newstead, Tasmania, Australia
Roll of Honour: Launceston TAS
Remembered: Column 245, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 98, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Brother of Flying Officer Lyn Geoffrey Reginald Knight (408032)

On 13 December 1941, Tomahawk AN285 was one 10 aircraft detailed to carry out a fighter patrol. The aircraft engaged in a dog fight with enemy aircraft, and AN285 crashed in enemy held territory in the Gazala region and Flying Officer Knight was killed.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/4l/63

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