World War II Honor Roll
Allen R. Knott
Date of Induction- March 17, 1943
Branch of service-Air Force - 303rd
Air Service Group
Date of Embarkation-July 4, 1944
Served in Asiatic Pacific (5 medals)
Discharged-November 24, 1945
Air Raids and Attempted Air Raids
Against Saipan from 1 November 1944
to Occupation of Iwo Jima
3 November - Alert
0130, 9 bombers dropped 5 pound
fragmentation bombs on runway. Very
little damage. I shot down near
Tinian by AA. Other, a Betty, shot
down by P-61, fell in Engineers
bivouac area, killing 4 and
seriously wounding 6. Recovered map
showed aircraft had come from Bonin
7 November - Alert
0130, 1 low flying aircraft straffed
runway with very little damage.
Escaped without drawing fire.
Alert 0430, 1 low
flying aircraft swept over runway.
Dropped no bombs. Probably was
taking pictures. Escaped.
24 November - Alert
0915, 1 Irving shot down by P-38 at
28,000 feet, about 5 miles northwest
of Isely Field.
27 November - No
alert, 2 Bettys passed over bivouac
area at low level at about 005,
bombed and straffed 499th
At 1210, again
without an alert, 17 Zekes came in
over Isely Field and straffed it
thoroughly. Then came over bivouac
area. 1 man killed and considerable
damage to aircraft, though
fortunately most planes were
airborne on a raid against Tokyo. A
number of personnel injured in 500th
Group area when a Zeke was shot
down, and exploded near a shelter.
13 Zekes shot down by AA, 1
destroyed by P-47's near Pagan. 1
destroyed on Pagan airfield by
another P-47, just after it landed.
Other 2 aircraft possibly ditched
because of battle damage.
29 November - Alert
0100, 8 bombers, 1 shot down. Not
5 December - Alert
1005, 1 llyrt (Recco Plane) shot
down before it reached field, at
30,500 feet by a P-38, 10 miles
northwest of Tanapag.
7 December - Alert
0404. At 0404 ˝; several very low
flying bombers straffedthe bivouac
areas, the Field, and the Island
generally, especially East Field.
About half-hour later, 13 planes at
altitudes ranging from 13,000 feet
to 33,000 feet came over Field. AA
shot down 6 in all. Saipan AA got
one, Tinian AA got one, and a
minesweeper off shore got one. 3
B-29's were destroyed, 3 badly
damaged, 20 minor damage. 1 killed,
2 wounded, many minor casualties.
Only one aircraft definitely
identified - a Peggy.
20 December - Alert
1043, a Recco plane sneaked in
behind a B-29 and escaped after a
23 December - Alert
2007, 5 planes damaged B-29's at
Isely and 1 bombed a Navy quonset
area near Tanapag, killing quite a
few personnel. 1 shot down near East
Field by P-61. AA got one.
25 December - Alert
2010, 25 planes. Some damage done at
Isely Field, East Field, and Kobler,
mostly at former. Raid lasted one
hour. 1 accurate glide-bomb attack
destroyed a B-29. 3 shot down by
P-61's. AA shot down 1 and had 1
probable. Considerable damage,
although considering number of
planes, damage was moderate. Most of
it was at high altitudes.
26 December - Alert
2210, 2 separate enemy planes
approached; one at 11,000 feet, the
other at 20,000 feet. A P-61 shot
down one 10 miles north of Marpi
Point, before it got in. The other
passed the Island and came in from
the south. It was shot down off
Tinian before it got in, by a P-61.
2 January - Alert
0335, a twin-engine plane came in
from the east, 15 minutes later and
dropped bombs on Isely Field - got
Another alert at
0416, 1 Jap aircraft was intercepted
north of Island and turned back.
Alert at 1235, 1
Myrt shot down 5 miles north of
Marpi Point, after being over
3 January - Alert
0413, 1 Betty at 21,000 feet shot
downby P-61, 35 miles north of
Island. Aircraft never reached
Alert 0459, 1 Irving
at 21,000 feet did not reach the
Island and was shot down by a P-61,
10 miles north of the Island.
5 January - Alert
1241, 1 aircraft came within 30
miles of Island but was intercepted
40 miles north of Island. It was
chased 80 miles by a P-38 and a
P-47, but escaped.
15 January - Alert
1205, 1 Myrt came in at 31,000 feet.
Came in close to Tinian, turned
away, and was shot down by P-47. No
2 February - Alert
1025, 1 Myrt at 13,000 feet,
intercepted by 2 F6P’s and shot down
20 miles north of Saipan.
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