Pilot Officer Leslie Knight, June 1943
|Born||7 March 1921|
|Died||16 September 1943(aged 22)|
Den Ham General Cemetery, Netherlands
|Service/||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1941–1943|
|Unit||No. 617 Squadron RAF|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order|
Mentioned in Despatches
Leslie Gordon Knight, DSO (7 March 1921 – 16 September 1943) was a Royal Australian Air Force pilot who served with the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command during the Second World War. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1943 for taking part in Operation Chastise – the Dams raid, while flying with No. 617 Squadron RAF. Knight's crew, flying in N-Nan, attacked, hit and breached the Eder Dam, the second dam to be attacked, after his comrades had previously scored one hit and one miss.
Knight was killed later the same year while taking part in Operation Garlic – the Dortmund–Ems Canal raid. After his Lancaster was damaged by flying into a tree he was able to allow his crew to bail out but was unable to land the aircraft. He is buried in Den Ham General Cemetery, the Netherlands.
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