HF544 Wellington X HD-Q
  
25th June 1943
             
Pilot Bomb Aimer Navigator Wireless Operator Air Gunner  
             
  F/S A B R Airy Sgt G C Green F/O W E Riley Sgt T M Atkinson Sgt G R Johnson  
  RAAF   RAAF      
   
             
   
             
             
  Take Off :- 23:49   Base :- RAF Leconfield Mission :- Gelsenkirchen
             
  Details :- HF544 was shot down by a night-fighter at 01:11 and crashed into the IJsselmeer of Urk.  
             
  473 aircraft detailed to attack, with 30 aircraft lost.  
             
  Four of the crew are listed on the Runnymede Memorial.  
  F/O Riley is buried in the Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery after his body was found on the 5th July 1943.  
             
  ** Update 06/09/2013 ** There is a possibility that the wreckage of this aircraft has been located, report here - (the link may expire over time) http://www.omroepflevoland.nl/Nieuws/105323/dronten-burgemeester-bergen-bommenwerper-morele-plicht
             
Picture of F/O W E Riley courtesy of National Archives Australia.
 
             
 

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