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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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430 Squadron Crest
17.06.1944 No 430 Squadron Mustang I AP235 G9-A Fl/Lt. Moore

Operation: Tactical Reconnaissance Flight

Date: 17th June 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 430 Squadron (Motto: Celeriter certoque 'Swiftly and surely')

Type: Mustang l

Serial: AP235

Code: G9-A

Base: RAF Dunsfold, Surrey

Location: Between Condé and Flers, France.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Richard Burton Moore J/10276 RCAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Richard Moore was born in April 1922 in a small community just outside Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He joined the RCAF in May 1941 and trained as a pilot. On being commissioned he arrived for active service in the United Kingdom in March 1942.

After a successful 'rhubarb' in the Somme Valley, France on the 2nd November 1943 F/O. Moore and F/O. Dohaney J/13094 left behind a trail of ten or eleven damaged engines and five battered pylons.

Took off at noon for a tactical reconnaissance flight when his aircraft was attacked and shot down between Condé and Flers, France by a Fw190.

DFC Citation for F/O. Vincent Coleman Dohaney LG 08th December 1944:

'This officer has completed a large number of sorties, including many tactical reconnaissances. On these missions he has displayed outstanding ability and ±he good results obtained, often in the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire, are a fine tribute to this officer's great courage and tenacity'.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Richard Burton Moore. Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery, Calvados, France. I. A. 5. Son of John Franklin Moore and Mary Florence Moore of Sussex, King’s Co. New Brunswick, Canada. Grave inscription reads: "Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends".

Researched by Kate Tame for the Aircrew Remembered and the relatives / friends of the pilot. Acknowledgments: Wing Commander F. H. Hitchins, Air Historian No 430 Squadron

KTY/KT 07.02.2019

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', 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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