- Edwin Knowles was a son of Herbert and Ellen Mary Knowles of
Worksop, Nottinghamshire. He served with No. 7 Platoon, C Company.
- According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends
of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Knowles was on board of a
C-47 (42-100896) when it was hit by German flak. The majority of the
paratroopers bailed out in time, but Knowles and 9 others were killed
when the plane crashed in a meadow west of the Rijnsteeg at Wageningen.
- The others were: Mildred L. Harrold, Thaddeus C. Harvey, Clarence
V. Parson, George Bell, Mark
Borland, Frank Housham, Edward
Leonard James, James William Barlow and Cecil Frank
- Edwin Knowles' body was apparently completely consumed by fire
inside the aircraft.
- The authors of the book 'Arnhem Their Final Battle' (Gerrit Pijpers
and David Truesdale) wrote about the crash on pages 60 and 61: "One
of the aircraft hit was Dakota 42-100896 of 62 Troop Carrier Squadron,
flown by Lieutenant Frederick Hale, USAAF. Aboard the aircraft was No 8
Platoon of C Company, commanded by Lieutenant Keith Bell, with Sergeant
Bolland acting as dispatcher. Some ten miles short of the drop zone the
Dakota was hit by flak, which caused both severe damage and casualties.
One of those hit was Private George Bell, who received a fatal wound to
the head. As the Dakota began to burn and lose height, Lieutenant Bell
led the men out of the aircraft being swiftly depatched by Sergeant
Bolland. Not everyone made it, Sergeant Frank Housham, the last man in
the stick was one of those killed. Private Mark Borland was seen to jump
clear of the burning Dakota, but did not survive. A total of eight men
from the Platoon were killed, along with three of the American aircrew."
- Knowles has no known grave. His name is on panel 8 of the
Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1000 soldiers
who died during te campaign in north-west Europe between the time of
crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in
Europe, and whose graves are not known.