Knop, Charles W., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments
US Air Force301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1941, Aviation Cadet Pre-Flight Training Course
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1035, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Charles W. Knop was born in New York state in 1919. He was a son of Charles W. and Irene Knop. All US Census records (1920,1930,and 1940) show the family residing in Chilitown, New York.

Knop enlisted on November 18, 1941 as an Aviation Cadet in Augusta, Georgia at Daniel Field. His enlistment documents state he had completed 4 years of college (unnamed), and was working in the actor/actress occupational field. The records also confirm nativity and year of birth.

He received training as a bombardier, and when the course was completed, awarded wings, commissioned, and sent for further training involving night navigation. He deployed to England, but was later transferred to Algeria. He became a member of the Bruce crew, and flew 6 missions with them.

On November 28, 1942, the designated target was in the Bizerte, Tunisia area. While flying to the target, the formation was attacked by German fighters. Knop's aircraft was shot down, and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and no bodies were recovered.

Lt Knop is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.
US Census 1920
US Census 1940
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Charles W. Knop was the assigned bombardier on B-17F # 41-24363, named "Bad Penny," assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16197 was issued. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

Cpt John B. Bruce  p
2 Lt Robert Earl  c-p
2 Lt Charles Tannehill  nav
2 Lt Charles W. Knop  bomb
SSgt Henry P. Hughes, Jr.  eng/tt gun
Sgt  Leonard McGriff  r/o
SSgt Alpheus Backus  wg
Sgt  Samuel Scott  wg
Sgt Merle Gilger  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Gilger's name is given here as "Merle," but all other sources list "Merril."

The only known crew photo is from England when King George VI met the crew. Individual identification not given.

The aircraft's name comes from the adage that " A bad penny always comes back."

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