Date of Death:18/11/1944 .
Regiment/Service: 440 Squadron,Royal Canadian Air Force
Grave Reference: III. C. 15.
440 Sqn. RCAF Hawker Typhoon Mk. IB MN 475
Crash-date:16.10 on 18-11-1944
Crash-site: Annendaal/Echterheide , municipality Echt –Susteren, West of Echterheide/Annendaal near Haarenderweg.
Departure: Eindhoven (code airport B78)
Target: Attack a bridge at Hilfarth (Germany)
Crash-cause: 1. Plane was shot down by flak near Wassenberg
2. Plane crashed at Voorst - The Netherlands)
Crew: 1 person, KIA, buried at the Military War Cemetery In Mook.
Robert John Reilly
Rank: flying-officer, age 23,
Royal Canadian Air Force,
He was the pilot on this flight.
Citations: 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45. Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy,6th February 1947.
Son of Robert Buchanan and Mary Gladys (nee O'Connor) Reilly of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of Muriel May Louise (nee Grant) of Toronto
believed also to be in a relationship with Dorothy O'Connor in 1941 and possible father to Rosemary and therefore my grandfather. We do not have a 100% match only an 80% match, either way we are proud to honour this man for his life and work during WW2, and will remember him xxx
Royal Canadian Air Force
Gravesite Details J/38349