Leslie Gordon Knight, DSO

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Leslie Gordon Knight, DSO

Birthplace: Camberwell, Boroondara City, VIC, Australia
Death: September 16, 1943 (22)
Dortmund–Ems Canal, Germany (Airplane crash)
Place of Burial: Den Ham, Twenterand, Overijssel, Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of William Henry Harold Knight and Nellie Marsom Knight

Occupation: Royal Australian Air Force pilot
Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Leslie Gordon Knight, DSO

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's engines were damaged by clipping a tree while flying at low level he was able to allow his entire crew to bail out but was unable to land the aircraft without crashing. He is buried in Den Ham General Cemetery, the Netherlands.

In the 1955 film The Dam Busters, Knight was played by Denys Graham.

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Leslie Gordon Knight, DSO's Timeline

March 7, 1921
Camberwell, Boroondara City, VIC, Australia
September 16, 1943
Age 22
Dortmund–Ems Canal, Germany
Den Ham General Cemetery, Den Ham, Twenterand, Overijssel, Netherlands