Noel Knight - Warrumbungle Warrior in Bomber Command
Noel Knight was a grazier from the Warrumbungles, near Coonabarabran NSW Australia. He was 31 when he began his tour with RAF Bomber Command during the hieight of the bombing offensive on Germany in 1943. Noel, a navigator in Lancaster bombers, survived his tour, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross, and returned to his pastoral pursuits. Many others were not so lucky. More
Australian volunteers in Bomber Command accounted for only two per cent of all Australians who enlisted in World War II, yet their losses represented more than 20 per cent of the country's death in combat.
Noel Knight and his crew flew in seven Lancasters throughout their operational tour. All seven aircraft were subsequently lost, with 38 crew members killed and a further 12 taken prisoners of war.