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S/L E R Riches RAFVR and crew – 103 Squadron - 1944/45

103 Squadron Riches E R

Riches and his crew were posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds from 11 Base on the 23 October 1944.

The crew consisted of :-

F/L E R Riches,

Sgt E F Spencer,

F/S H E Hendrickson RCAF

P/O K Miller,

Sgt W H Clouston RCAF,

Sgt K A Glinz RCAF

F/S W G Bateman RCAF

This crew flew unaltered throughout their tour.

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Riches flew his first operation as Second Dickie in the crew of S/L P P Hague on the 25/26 October 1944 to Essen in Lancaster LM682.

He then captained his own crew on the following operations

16-Nov-44 - Duren - Army support - Lancaster - LM295 - F/L ER Riches

21-Nov-44 - Aschenaffenburg - Railway yards - Lancaster - NF909 - F/L ER Riches

04-Dec-44 - Karlsruhe - Point of Aim - Lancaster -  ND861 - F/L ER Riches

12-Dec-44 - Essen - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NG391 - F/L ER Riches

28-Dec-44 - Munchengladbach - Railway yards - Lancaster - NG391 - F/L ER Riches

29-Dec-44 - Scholven Buer - Oil - Lancaster - NG391 - F/L ER Riches

31-Dec-44 - Osterfeld  - Railway yards - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L ER Riches

02-Jan-45 - Nuremberg - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NG391 - F/L ER Riches

05-Jan-45 - Hannover  - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NF913 - F/L ER Riches

07-Jan-45 - Munich - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PD281 - F/L ER Riches

14-Jan-45 - Merseburg - Oil - Lancaster - LM177 - F/L ER Riches

16-Jan-45 - Zeitz - Oil - Lancaster - NG173  - F/L ER Riches

01-Feb-45 - Ludwigshafen - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NG491 - F/L ER Riches

02-Feb-45 - Wiesbaden - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NG491 - F/L ER Riches

20-Feb-45 - Dortmund - Point of Aim - Lancaster -  NG491  - F/L ER Riches

21-Feb-45 - Duisburg - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NG491 - S/L ER Riches

24-Feb-45 - Kattegat - Mine laying - Lancaster - N/K - S/L ER Riches

11-Mar-45 - Essen - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NG491 - S/L ER Riches

13-Mar-45 - Herne - Benzol - Lancaster - NG491 - S/L ER Riches

16-Mar-45 - Nuremberg - Point of Aim - Lancaster - NG491 - S/L ER Riches

03-Apr-45 - Nordhausen - V Weapons factory - Lancaster - ME847 - S/L ER Riches

10-Apr-45 - Plauen - Railway yards - Lancaster - ME847 - S/L ER Riches - Diverted to Sandtoft due to poor weather at base.

18-Apr-45 - Heligoland - Naval base and airfield - Lancaster - ME847 - S/L ER Riches

22-Apr-45 - Bremen - Army support - Lancaster - ME847 - S/L ER Riches

28-Apr-45 - Brussels - Operation Exodus - Lancaster - PA278 - S/L ER Riches - Unable to return with any POWs back because weather was by then very bad.

01-May-45 - Rotterdam - Operation Manna - Lancaster - ME847 - S/L ER Riches

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Riches does not appear to have received any award at the end of his tour and what became of him and his crew I do not know.

Any info will be welcome.

Compiled by David Fell with photo from the Riches family

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