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Lohnas Hayden Knapp

Military

A 1940 graduate of Cornell University, Lohnas Knapp enlisted in the Air Corps in November 1941 and trained as a Navigator on B-17s. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. Slightly wounded on his 23rd mission during the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany on board B-17 "Flagship" # 42-29996 with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. He completed his tour of 25 missions soon afterward and got safely back to the States.

Service

People

  • Edward Bruni

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Edward Bruni graduated from St. Mary of the Mount High School in 1934. He was a winning football coach of the high school from 1937-39, together with Eppie Graner, and coached three champion teams and one co-champion team in the Catholic League. ...

  • William Buck

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander, Deputy Group Commander, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    *Commander 325th bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group * Group Operations, unk - 1 May 1943 *Deputy Commanding Officer - 384th Bomb Group *Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group Headquarters Detachment on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #111 dated 5 October 1943.

  • Fred Champion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Fred Champion was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-29996 on the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart, with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. Badly damaged by enemy fighters, the...

  • Laurence Dennis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Laurence Dennis graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in September 1941, he trained as a Radio Operator at Scott Field. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th...

  • Harry McIntosh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    A graduate of Suffern High School, Harry McIntosh enlisted in the Air Corps in 1941. After receiving his Pilot wings, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group / 407th Bomb Squadron. His son reports that he had been a pilot of another B...

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29996 FLAG SHIP

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23 March 1943; Dow Field 10 April 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Was flown by Captain Donald G. Parker on the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany. Hit by Unteroffizier Ernst Breton of JG11, it was...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York State, United States 29 May 1920

the son of Theodore Adelbert Knapp and Rita Marian Hayden Knapp

Lived in Sarasota Springs, Saratoga County, New York, United States 1941
Enlisted Camp Upton, Yaphank, New York, United States 27 November 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps

Buried Greenridge Cemetery, Sarasota Springs, Saratoga County, New York, United States 1999
Died 24 November 1999

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2016 10:26:24 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

US 1940 Census
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Article about the 17 July 1943 mission to Hannover, Germany : https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/10750270/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / cousin, Del Sahlberg

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