April 24, 1945

24-25 April
1945: In his fighter-bomber, Lt Raymond L. Knight of Twelfth Air Force flew several low-level strafing missions in Italy’s northern Po Valley. He destroyed fourteen enemy aircraft and wrecked 10 others on the ground. In his final attack, Knight’s plane was damaged so badly it was virtually inoperable. Realizing his unit’s critical need for aircraft, he tried to return to base. His aircraft broke apart in flight and he was killed. Knight was awarded the Medal of Honor, the last aviation MoH awarded during WW II. (Knight as an aviation cadet)