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Clayton Kenneth Knight
Clayton Knight - 1944
Clayton Knight - 1944

 

Recent Address: 6704 Langston Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918
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Family Information: Parents: Joe L. and Dicie H., Wife: Velma M., Children: Kenneth C., Robert C., William A.
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Date Entered Service: March 4 1941
Service Number: 14037938
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 769th
Location of Unit: Walker Field, KS April 1944
Missions Flown: 230 (During War, 49 Bombing) 183 (Post-War)
Hump Missions Flown: 61 (19 in B-29, 42 in C-109)
Targets: Bangkok, Yawata, Anshan, Hingyang, Shinchiku, Saigon, Singapore, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Toyohashi, Kure, Osaka, Chiba, Sendai.
Awards/Decorations: American Theater Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, American Defense Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 4 Bronze Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Unit Badge
Service Schools Attended: Basic Training, Fort Moultrie, S.C. Mar 1941-May 1941; Morse Code/ Radio Oper., France Field, Panama, CZ Aug 1941-Mar 1943; B-29 Crew Training, Walker Field, KS Jun 1943-Apr 1944
Military Specialty(ies): MOS 757-Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner, AAF
Rank Upon Discharge: Technical Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6347 King Size
Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
Date Transferred from the 58th: October 25 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th: June 15 1947
Post-WWII Military Service: 43rd Bomb Group, 64th Bomb Squadron -- MacDill AFB 2/28/46 to 4/4/46 -- Roswell AFB 4/24/46 to 5/19/46 -- Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ 7/16/46 to 6/15/47
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
My Father died on June 15, 1947, in what I have recently found is a well-documented B-29 crash at Hawks Mountain, Vermont. To my knowledge, this job, an Airman, was the only occupation he ever had, and, had he lived, the only one he would have held.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
Although I was only three years old when he died, and have no memory of him, I feel fortunate that my Father left a detailed written record of his years in the U. S. Army Air Corps. Besides having his complete, hand-written flight log detailing the dates and times of every mission and serial numbers of every plane he flew in, I have his daily diary of his first two years in the service.

I feel his last entry in this diary (dated 3-14-43) might be best quoted to summarize what his future service in the 58th Bomb Wing would mean: "So I guess this is the end of this little story. Or I should say, the end of what is being written, for I feel that there is much more to come, but come what may, I will try to be prepared for it, and if I go down it will be for the biggest thing on this earth."
Comments:
In the years after my Father's death, my Mother, who never remarried, chose to speak very little of him and the past. I realize now this was her way of dealing with her grief and looking to the future as a single mother of three young boys. So I grew up with only a few photos to provide a memory of a father I never knew.I have only in the last few years become interested in who he was, what he did, and what his short life was like. The more I have learned, the more I want to still know. Your organization and others like it across this great country have been invaluable to me in this quest. Thank you, Dennis & Mike, and all the men working to restore "Jack's Hack."

 

The crew of King Size
The crew of King Size


Clayton Knight
Clayton Knight

 


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