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Frederick Benbow Knight      

Servicenumber : 409798
Rank : Pilot Officer
Regiment : Royal Australian Air Force
Unit : 233 Squadron Royal Air Force
Date of Death : 21-09-1944
Age : 26
Grave : Plot KK. Grave 128.
Frederick Benbow Knight was a son of Augustus Edward Ernest and Linda Lill Knight of North Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Knight was the navigator on board of Dakota KG-566 of 233 Squadron Royal Air Force. They left Blakehill Farm Airfield for a resupply mission at Arnhem. The Dakota was shot down by German fighters and crashed near the 'Sans Souci' farm on Zwaanstraat, Eindhoven, at 17.34 hrs. The pilot is still missing, but the other men on board were buried in Eindhoven. The authors of The Royal Air Force at Arnhem (Luuk Buist, Philip Reinders and Geert Maassen) wrote that KG-566 crashed at Oirschotsedijk in Eindhoven.
The author of "Green On!" (Arie-Jan van Hees) wrote about the crash on page 237 and 238: "...many Dutch were taking care of their business 'as usual'. Mr. Brands had left for the milk factory at Son earlier that day to sell his produce and Mrs. Brands-Vaassen was having a cup of coffee in her garden outside their farm. The local time was approximately 1730 hours, 1630 hours UK time. Suddenly she saw an aircraft coming down vertically in a nose-down attitude and crash in a soggy field near their farm. The same event was witnessed by Mr. Razenberg, who saw one of the wings being shot of and noticed it whirling down after the aircraft had nosed in.
KG566 crashed near the 'Sans Souci' farm of the Brands family, south of the 'Oirschotse Dijk', north west of Eindhoven. None of the crew had been able to bale out and seven bodies were recovered from the wreckage and buried at the General cemetery at Woensel. Regrettably the body of the pilot, Flying Officer Hamilton, has never been recovered and it is believed that his remains are still in the cockpit of KG566 deep under the surface. Nowadays the crash site is built up by industrial buildings of the Philips glass laboratory."
The crew of KG-566:
Louis James Firth
Frederick B. Knight
William Burnaby Wheeler
Charles Douglas Hamilton
Robert Winter Crooks
Joseph Dellanzo
Robert Sharpe
George Van Ingen
Picture: 24-04-2014
 
 
Sources: Website CWGC, ' The Royal Air Force at Arnhem', ' "Green On!"' and Roll of Honour

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