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  A-20C-5-DO Boston Serial Number A28-26  
RAAF
22 Squadron

Pilot  F/O James Bell Knight, 19067 (KIA, BR) Geelong West, VIC
Crew  F/Sgt Keith Guest Thompson, 420078 (survived)
Crew  LAC Richard Francis McGlade, 13731 (survived)

Crashed  October 11, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-5-DO Havoc serial number 42-33180. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia in September 1943.

Wartime History
During October 1943, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Boston serial number A28-26. Assigned to 22 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 11, 1943 this A-20 crashed on take off from Vivigani Airfield when the nose wheel collapsed. The aircraft skidded along the runway before hitting a ditch and flipping over, causing a fire in the bomb bay. After the crash, the remains of Knight were recovered.

Memorials
Knight was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After his remains were recovered he was buried on October 12, 1943 at 2:00pm at the Australian War Cemetery on Goodenough Island. Afterwards, he was reinterred at the Bomana War Cemetery at A3. E. 3.

References
Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-26
CWGC - James Bell Knight
WW2 Nominal Roll - K G Thompson
WW2 Nominal Roll - R F McGlade
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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