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
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 by eight FW190's and shot down between Condé and Flers, France.
F/O. St. Paul called to break to starboard and he saw Fl/Lt. Moore break with him. F/O. St. Paul climbed to 3000 ft. Fl/Lt. Moore called and informed F/O. St. Paul to come down to the deck but he said that his aircraft was damaged and would remain in the clouds. Fl/Lt. Moore acknowledged.
From time to time he called and asked if F/O. St. Paul was ok. When they were between 4 - 6 miles of an advanced landing base he called to say we should land there and check ourselves over. He acknowledged.
5 minutes later F/O. St. Paul then called him again to say he was returning to base, receiving no reply he assumed that he had landed and switched off. After he had landed he reported that he thought that Fl/Lt. Moore had landed at the ALG but was then informed he was missing.
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'.
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, Francois Dutil supplied further information and photograph October 2021.