Alfred Jacob Knap

Sergeant Alfred Jacob Knap was a radio operator in the crew of a B26-B Marauder that came down on Slieve Gallion, Co. Londonderry killing 3 of those onboard.


Alfred Jacob Knap


Sergeant Alfred Jacob Knap (36642409) served in 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8th United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. Born on 25th August 1922, he was the son of Jakob Knap and Agatha Knap (née Formanek) of Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A.

In civilian life before enlisting, Knap was a student in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Knap died on 21st June 1944 aged 21 years old while serving as a radio operator on B-26B #41-18042. The plane crashed on Slieve Gallion, Co. Londonderry while on a training flight at low level in cloud. The crew of 6 took off from Toome Airfield, Co. Antrim. Of those onboard, 2 (Ahrens and Knap) died in the crash, 1 (DeVilbiss) died of injuries later the same day, and 3 survived the incident. A further 2 planes on the same training flight returned safely to Toome.

Burial first took place at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery, Belfast. After the war, Knap was repatriated to Section 50, Grave 148 of Saint Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, Niles, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A.

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