Ronald Harold KnightFirst Lieutenant
361ST TEWS, 460TH TRW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
02 March 1943 - 08 October 1969
Strawberry Plains, TN
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The database page for Ronald Harold Knight
Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 69-01,
These men graduated from pilot training in 1968 but didn't come home from Vietnam and Laos in 1969 and 1970. Their pictures are from our pilot training yearbook.
We will always remember them.
The original memorial pages to these men are located at
A memorial from ,
Ron and I flew on the same crew until I rotated just a month before he died. I remember him as a bright, optimistic, personable, and very approachable young officer. He had a ready smile and an outgoing manner. I think of him often and an deeply saddened that he was unable to live out his life.
God bless you, Ron.
A Note from The Virtual Wall1st Lt Knight was the pilot of "Prong 33", an EC-47P (tail number 43-49100) which was on a radio direction finding mission out of Phu Cat Air Base. After returning to base to have an inoperable navigational instrument fixed, the aircraft launched into marginal weather. Upon arrival in its operating area, the pilot in command determined that the weather conditions were unsafe and turned back toward Phu Cat.
Prong 33 was given a radar-controlled approach to Phu Cat, but as the aircraft approached the airfield the crew reported an inverter fire and loss of directional and attitude instruments. Shortly after that call radio and radar contact with Prong 33 was lost.
Bad weather hampered search and rescue operations and the wreckage was not located until four days later, 12 October 1969. Six aircrewmen died in the crash:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 10/20/2003