George R. Riley
|George Raby Riley|
|Born||23 February 1899
Battersea, London, England
|Unit||No. 3 Squadron RAF|
|Awards||Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross|
Lieutenant George Raby Riley (born 23 February 1899, date of death unknown) was a World War I flying ace credited with thirteen aerial victories. He was an ace balloon buster, as well as an ace over enemy aircraft.
Riley was posted to 3 Squadron on his 19th birthday, 23 February 1918. He began his string of aerial successes on 22 March 1918, when he used his Sopwith Camel to drive a German Albatros D.V fighter down out of control. For his next victory five days later, he cooperated with fellow ace Douglas John Bell in destroying a LVG two-seater reconnaissance machine. After he destroyed his first observation balloon on 8 April and another Albatros D.V on the 12th,</ref> he was wounded on the 20th.
He would not score again until 8 August. In this second string of victories, he shared some credits with Hazel Wallace and William Maxted. It was with the latter that he scored his fifth balloon victory, and twelfth win overall, by the unusual measure of bombing it into flames while it was on the ground. The day following that, on 28 September 1918, he scored his last victory. In summary, he had destroyed five balloons, two of which were shared with other pilots, as well as destroying two enemy airplanes. He also drove down five enemy planes out of control, and captured one.
Honors and awards
Military Cross (MC)
"T./2nd Lt. George Raby Riley, R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He obtained four direct hits on a long line of enemy transport, and afterwards caused havoc among them with his machine gun. Several times he attacked troops and transport from low altitudes; also he brought down one enemy machine and drove another out of control."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (A./Capt.) George Raby Riley, M.C. (FRANCE)
An officer who shows the greatest dash and gallantry in leading low-bombing and defensive patrols. On 27 September he obtained two direct hits with bombs on an enemy balloon on the ground, which set it on fire. Later he attacked another balloon in the air, shooting it down in flames."
Sources of information
- http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/england/riley2.php Retrieved on 6 March 2010.
- Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 321–322.
- (FLIGHT Magazine, 20 February 1919) http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1919/1919%20-%200241.html Retrieved on 6 March 2010.
- (Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919) http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31170/pages/2045 Retrieved on 30 September 2010.
- (Supplement to the London Gazette, 16 September 1918) http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30901/supplements/11006/page.pdf Retrieved on 6 March 2010.
- (FLIGHT Magazine, 19 September 1918) http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1918/1918%20-%201051.html Retrieved on 6 March 2010.