Operations in Afghanistan

Sergeant Benjamin James Knight killed in Afghanistan

It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Sergeant Benjamin James Knight RAF, who was killed following the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan on Saturday 2 September 2006.

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Sergeant Benjamin James Knight (All rights reserved.)

Sergeant Benjamin James Knight (All rights reserved.)

Sergeant Benjamin “Tapper” Knight, Weapons Systems Operator

Sergeant Benjamin “Tapper” Knight, 25, from Bridgwater, was a completely professional and incredibly enthusiastic Nimrod MR2 sensor operator who, despite his short tenure in the role, had richly deserved his rapid promotion within his crew.

Always smiling, he brought laughter and joy to all his colleagues and friends. Steadfast in his role on No 120 Squadron he was a truly outstanding Royal Air Force aviator.

He leaves behind his treasured fiancee Tania and his dearly-loved parents Trish and Graham and brothers Andy and Matt.

Shortly after the incident RAF Kinloss Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks said:

I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of twelve air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All twelve were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew and were known to me personally.

As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning. The main priority now is to provide support for the families of those lost, their friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, based at RAF Kinloss, Wing Commander Martin Cannard added:

120 Squadron has suffered a profound loss. We have lost good friends and colleagues, many known personally to us over many years. I have been humbled by the commitment and determination of all of my people to do all that they can for those that have lost loved ones and friends and this will be our sole focus in the coming days.

Published 3 September 2006