Paul S. Riley, a retired Aberdeen Proving Ground engineer and World War II fighter pilot, died Tuesday of a heart ailment at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. He was 81 and had lived in Bel Air.
Until he retired in 1974, he was a research engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground's ballistics research laboratory.
Born In York, Pa., he attended York County public schools and Pennsylvania State University.
He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and transferred to the U.S. Army Corps two years later.
His plane was shot down over Germany, and he was a prisoner of war for 13 months. He received thc Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak-leaf clusters, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.
He was a woodcarver and photographer.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. May 13 at Our Lady off the Angels Chapel, 713 Maiden. Choice Lane, Catonsville.
He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Wells Tunis, whom he married in 1945; two daughters, Patricia Riley of Bel Air and Mary Flowers of Fredericksburg, Va.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.