ROME – The crew of an RAF bomber discovered nearly 70 years after it was shot down by anti-aircraft gunfire have been buried at an official ceremony in Italy.
The four men on board were all under 21 years old when they set forth from Rimini in April 1945, just weeks before the war came to a close. On board were Sgt. David Raikes, an aspiring poet whose works were published in a posthumous collection in 1954; radio operator Sgt. Alexander Bostock, navigator Sgt. David Perkins and Australian air gunner Warrant Officer John Hunt.