21.07.1945 Power Jets Meteor III EE291 Sqn Ldr. Alan O. Moffet AFC
Date: 21st July 1945 (Saturday)
Unit: No. Power Jets
Type: Gloster Meteor III
Pilot: Sqn Ldr. Alan Ormerod Moffet AFC 40736 RAF (RAFO) Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Sqn Ldr Moffet was at the time the chief test pilot for the Power Jets company. On the 21st July whilst taking part in a Victory Gala being held at Whetstone in Leicestershire.
The aircraft descended from 5,000 ft to 500 ft and passed low over the airfield at about 450 knots, he then pulled up steeply into cloud. The aircraft was then seen flick rolling before levelling out inverted, it then dived into the ground and was totally destroyed and killing the pilot instantly.
In July 2015 his loss was commemorated with a newly installed seat near the crash site. His daughter attended along with other family members his family. Members of the Blaby Heritage and Museum Society had spent several years trying to trace relatives.
Sqn Ldr. Alan Ormerod Moffet AFC. Skelsmergh (St. John the Bapitist) Cemetery, Plot A, Grave 36. Inscription Reads: "HIS JOY IN LIVING HIS LOVE OF BEAUTY HIS COURAGE THESE ARE OUR MEMORIES". Born on the 30th April 1920 in Withington, Lancashire. Son of William Percy and Elizabeth Emily (née Leicester) Moffet. Husband to Mary Rebbia (née Hodgson) Moffet. Mary remarried in 1951 and passed away in 1983.
The AFC was awarded to Flt Lt. Moffet on the 11th June 1942, London Gazette 5th June 1942.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Richard Holdridge, Leicester Mercury, Blaby Heritage and Museum Society. Thanks to Paul Waller for his research information (Jul 2021). Other sources as quoted below: