McKnight, Bridwell James, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 131X, Naval Air Transport Service (NATS)
Service Years
1940 - 1945

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rusk County
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jan 15, 1945
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
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Naval Air Transport Service (NATS)
  1944-1945, 131X, Naval Air Transport Service (NATS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
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Last Known Activity
Lt. Bridwell McKnight, USNR entered the Navy 13 September 1940 as a Navy recruit (USNR V-5) at Houston, Texas. He was a S2C, then transferred to USNR Air Station, Miami, Florida as a pilot cadet.  Then to "inactive duty" in October 1940. Temporarily.

Note: Training and service to be determined between 1940-1944)  Apparently, in 1941, he was an Ensign, assigned to NAS Pensacola, Florida as Naval Aviator #7837, USNR.

In the Pacific Theater of WWII, he served as an R4D-5 (C-47) pilot with the Naval Air Transport Service, Air Transport Squadron Thirteen, VR-13. on the Admiralty Islands to Philippines route. Based at Momote Airstrip (Manus Island), Los Negros, Admiralty Islands.

He was killed while serving as a pilot of a Navy R4D-5 (Bu # 17234) that crashed shortly after take off from the Navy Air Field, Tacloban Field, Leyte, Philippines on 15 January 1945.  All 21 passengers and crew were killed.  The aircraft was struck mid-air by an Army Air Force liaison plane, a Stinson LI-5 (tail number 42-99165) over the end of the runway.

This was an air evacuation aircraft.  On board was the rescued Navy pilot, Ensign Maurice Naylon who was shot down by the Japanese in September 1944, flying off the USS Cabot (CVL-28).

Those lost:
Lt. Bridwell J. McKnight (pilot)
Lt. Donald W. Huegel (co-pilot)
Lt. George A. Danner (navigator)
Sp(V)3c James R. Reynolds (orderly)
ARM1c Hugh G. Ballantyne (radio man)

Lt Com. Carl H. Mattson
Lt. Com. George Warren Pease, Jr.
Lt. Edward J. Detmer
Lt. Winfield Vernon Scott, Jr 
Ens. M.L. Naylor
Ens. N.J. Roccaforte
RhM1c George Michael Pangalos
SK1c Frankie St. Clair Hold
PhM2c A.D. Nonsley
PhM2c Oliver F. Blizzard
PhM2c Joe Bennett Hayden
PhM3c H.E. Dickinson
PhM3c J.C. Raines
PhM3c W.E. Seeling
PhM3c S.D. Stroul
ARM3c M.M. King

Lt. McKnight was interred among his family in New Salem Cemetery, New Salem, Rusk County, Texas, Row 15..

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