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  • 34053
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    Who is Eric L Knightley

    I recently purchased from a charity shop a print by Robert Taylor of James Nicholson VC extracting himself from his burning Hurricane. The print is signed by Eric L Knightley. Following some hours of research I am still entirely ignorant as to Eric L Knightley's significance.

    Am hoping someone on here can help!
  • trumper
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    This link says he was a pilot https://www.bidonthis.co.uk/auction/...ord-tuck-10889 although there is a Eric L kightly mentioned here http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads...lson-vc.22237/
    I would find this interesting as well.

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    • Ant.H
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      Sergeant Eric Leslie Kightley was an Air Gunner on board the Liberator in which Nicholson lost his life on May 2nd 1945, one of only two survivors.
      Last edited by Ant.H; 6th November 2018, 21:22.
      "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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      • 34053
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        #4
        Thank you! An interesting but slightly goulish connection to the subject of the print!

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        • Matt Poole
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          Here is an excerpt of Eric Kightley's logbook, listing the fateful 2 May 1945 op when 355 Sqn Liberator KH210 ditched and all but Kightley and RAAF 434840 F/Sgt M.H. Pullen died, including James Nicolson (not Nicholson).

          Also, here is a photo of Eric Kightley with crewmates on the lake at the resort of Naini Tal, India in April 1945, less than a month before the tragedy.

          And I include a news cutting about Kightley from 2005. There are factual errors in the reporting...what else is new! One line is blocked out, but it's no big deal.

          All four items are courtesy of Eric's son. Paul Kightley.
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          Last edited by Matt Poole; 7th November 2018, 22:05.
          RAF LIBERATORS OVER BURMA (subtitled FLYING WITH 159 SQUADRON) by Bill Kirkness DFM and Matt Poole, published by Fonthill Media

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