HK574 “Rio Rita”

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HK574 “Rio Rita” shown here with Pilot, Harry Yates. Interestingly, whilst the photograph shows the nose art of ‘Rita’ very well, there is no Ops tally visible – one wonders if the aircraft had recently been repainted and the Op tally was yet to be re-added…..
© David Yates

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – HK574

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 23/07/44 Kiel AA-R S/L Berney 05:20
dnc 24/07/44 Stuttgart AA-R S/L Williamson 01:00
2 25/07/44 Stuttgart AA-R S/L Berney 08:08
3 28/07/44 Stuttgart AA-R F/O Aitken 07:15
4 01/08/44 Le Nieppe AA-R P/O Wilson 02:45
5 03/08/44 L’Isle Adam AA-R F/O Wilson 03:50
6 04/08/44 Bec D’Ambes AA-R F/O Wilson 08:00
7 07/08/44 Mare De Magne AA-R F/O Aitken 03:28
8 08/08/44 Lucheux AA-R F/O Wilson 03:15
9 09/08/44 Fort D’Anglos AA-R F/O Wilson 02:05
10 11/08/44 Lens AA-R F/O Wilson 03:20
11 12/08/44 Russelsheim AA-R F/O Wilson 04:55
12 14/08/44 Hamel AA-R F/O Yates 03:30
13 15/08/44 The Aerodrome at St. Trond AA-R F/O Yates 03:20
14 16/08/44 Stettin AA-R F/S Cooper 08:00
15 18/08/44 Bremen AA-R F/O Johnson 05:58
16 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-R F/O Yates 08:31
17 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-R F/O Rees 08:00
18 31/08/44 Pont Reny AA-R F/O Wilson 03:19
19 31/08/44 Pont Reny perhaps HK597? Listed as C flight and a Mk.I – Hit by Flak once AA-R F/S Smith 03:08
20 05/09/44 Le Havre AA-R F/L Brown 04:00
21 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre AA-R F/S Farr 03:40
22 08/09/44 Doudenville AA-R F/S Farr 03:35
23 10/09/44 Montivilliers AA-R F/S Farr 03:47
24 11/09/44 Kamen Struck by a packet of Window AA-R F/O Yates 04:05
25 12/09/44 Frankfurt AA-R F/O Gawith 06:36
26 16/09/44 Moerdijk AA-R F/S Atkin 02:48
27 17/09/44 Boulogne AA-R F/O Glossop 02:42
28 20/09/44 Calais AA-R F/S Atkin 03:35
29 23/09/44 Neuss AA-R F/O Spain 04:30
30 25/09/44 Calais AA-R F/S Atkin 03:40
31 03/10/44 West Kapelle Dyke AA-R F/S Atkin 02:55
32 06/10/44 Dortmund AA-R F/O Atkin 05:15
33 07/10/44 Emmerich AA-R F/O Atkin 04:00
34 14/10/44 Duisburg Hit by flak twice AA-R F/O Atkin 04:30
35 14/10/44 Duisburg(2) AA-R F/O Atkin 05:00
36 18/10/44 Bonn AA-R F/O Ford 04:45
37 19/10/44 Stuttgart AA-R F/O Atkin 06:00
38 23/10/44 Essen AA-R F/O Cooper 04:45
dnc 25/10/44 Essen AA-R F/O Cooper 02:05
39 04/11/44 Solingen AA-R F/O Atkin 04:45
40 05/11/44 Solingen AA-R F/O Yates 04:20
41 06/11/44 Coblenz AA-R F/O Yates 05:10
42 15/11/44 Dortmund AA-R F/O Atkin 05:10
43 20/11/44 Homberg HK574, F/O Atkin and crew,  diverted to RAF Tangmere, landing at 18.00hrs. AA-R F/O Atkin 05:10
44 23/11/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-R F/O Atkin 04:52
45 27/11/44 Cologne Marshalling Yard AA-R F/O Atkin 04:45
46 28/11/44 Neuss AA-R F/O Atkin 04:26
47 30/11/44 Osterfeld AA-R F/O Atkin 04:26
48 02/12/44 Dortmund AA-R F/O Gawith 04:34
49 06/12/44 Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery Developed engine trouble after leaving the target, the starboard inner catching fire, and it was with great difficulty that the crew managed to keep the fire under control. When approaching this country the starboard inner engine went u/s and after jettisoning all equipment and with the aircraft losing height at 100 feet per minute, the Captain made a very good ditching in the River Orwell. None of the crew were hurt. AA-R F/O Atkin 08:17
 Total Op hours 235:15