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Rieger, Herbert William (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Action 1944-June-06

Birth Date: 1922-August-29 (age 21)

Born: Hamilton, Ontario

Son of Herbert and Jessie Mary Rieger.

Home: Hamilton, Ontario

Enlistment: Hamilton, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1941-07-28

Service
RCAF
Unit
97 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Achieve Your Aim
Rank
Flight Lieutenant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Navigator Bomb Aimer
Service Numbers
J/12737
97 Squadron (Achieve Your Aim). Lancaster aircraft ND 739 failed to return from a night trip to Cherbourg, France. Six of the crew, not Canadians, missing believed killed.

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Flight Lieutenant Herbert William Rieger has no known grave.

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.III ND739

Delivered to No. 97 Sqn Mar 1944. Missing on operation to St. Pierre-du-Mont, France 5/6 Jun 1944.


97 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Achieve Your Aim

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