Sergeant Thomas Riley was the son
of Mrs Esmeralda Riley of Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire. He was the
eldest of nine children and when his father Thomas died before the
war broke out, Thomas became the main earner for the household and
worked as a cabinet maker. Despite not being obliged to join up,
he wanted to fight for his country and enlisted.
as "Tommy", he was aged twenty two at the time of his
death aand was engaged to be married.
was one of two 408 Squadron Halifax’s lost on this operation.
Sergeant Cote RCAF was to be captured and become a pow in Camp
L6/L3. His fellow crew members rest in the Churchyard at Poix-de-la-Somme,