World War Two Bomber Crew Laid to Rest with Military Honours in Italy
09 July 2013
The crew of a Royal Air Force Boston Bomber, which crashed 68
years ago while taking part in operations in the Po Valley in
Italy, are laid to rest with military honours on Thursday 18 July
2013 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Padua War Cemetery in Italy.
Boston BZ590 belonging to 18 Squadron took off from Forli near
Rimini at 8.45 pm on 21 April 1945, with the target being a river
crossing on the Po at Taglio di Po followed by an armed
reconnaissance of the Po Valley. The aircraft failed to return and
was believed to have been brought down by anti-aircraft fire. It
crashed killing all four crew members on board, three British and
one Australian. One of the British crew, the pilot, was poet
Sergeant David Raikes who had some of his work published by his
family during the 1950's.
Relatives of the crew members travelled from Brecon and
West Sussex in the United Kingdom and New South Wales in Australia
to witness the burial service.
Padua War Cemetery contains over 500 Commonwealth burials of the
Second World War.