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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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145 Squadron Crest
13.04.1945 No. 145 Squadron Spitfire LF.VIII JF954 ZX-V P/O. Moffat

Operation: Strafing Attacks

Date: 13th April 1945 (Friday)

Unit: No. 145 Squadron 244 Wing. (Diu noctuque pugnamus - 'We fight by day and night')

Type: Spitfire LF.VIII

Serial: JF954

Code: ZX-V

Base: Bellaria, Italy

Location: Sesto Imolese, Italy

Pilot: P/O. Joseph Raymon Moffat NZ/424871 RNZAF Age 25. Killed


Very few details are available on this loss and we welcome contributions from our readers, who will of course be credited.

Taking off at 16:50hrs on strafing attack on enemy tanks in the area shown on mp. Understood to have been brought down by small arms fire and then hitting overhead wires. The aircraft hit the ground at speed and then bounced into a house.

The New Zealand pilot was buried at the scene of the crash - reinterred after the end of hostilities, at Bologna - details shown below.

Burial details:

P/O. Joseph Raymon Moffat. Bologna War Cemetery. Grave III.A4. Born on the 28th December 1919 at Palmerston North, the son of The Hon. William Moffat, M.L.C., and of Kathleen Moffat (née McGlone), of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand. A salesman for C.M Ross Company of Palmerston. Completed over 100 operational sorties.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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