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George Russell Knittle

Military

George Knittle's P-47 #43-25540 was hit by Flak during a sweep on the Koblenz airfield; oil and water systems out; crash-landed 22 February 1945 near Anhausen, 10km NE of Neuwied (North of Koblenz), Germany. Pilot safe, captured the same day. Interned in Germany. NARA WWII POW records : “Interned in Germany. Returned to Military Control 23 July 1945.”

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 48th Fighter Group

    48th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded). ...

  • 492nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-25540 "Flight of the Bumble Bee"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Hit by Flak during a sweep on the Koblenz airfield, oil and water systems out; crash-landed 22 Februry 1945 near Anhausen, 10km NE of Neuwied (North of Koblenz), Germany. Pilot George R. Knittle safe, captured the same day. Interned in Germany. Missing...

Missions

  • 841

    22 February 1945

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born 30 May 1922

Barberton, Summit County, Ohio

Lived in 1942

Bratenahl, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Enlisted 2 February 1943

Cleveland, Ohio

Crash-landed 22 February 1945

his Flak-damaged P-47 #43-25540 near Anhausen, 10km NE of Neuwied (North of Koblenz), Germany

Prisoner of War (POW) 22 February 1945 – 1945

NARA WWII POW records : “Interned in Germany. Returned to Military Control 23 July 1945.”

Buried 1994

George Knittle rests at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California

Died 27 February 1994

Banning, Riverside County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 13:06:13 ED-BB Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Note to Administrators : George Knittle was awarded the Air Medal with 14 OLCs - 2silver, 4 bronze (the Awards page has a maximum of 13 to click on...)
MACR 12684
WWII Draft card
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
NARA German captured records : https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131513245
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 11:15:18 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 12684
WWII Draft card
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
NARA German captured records : https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131513245
VA Gravesite Locator

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