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
Base: Bellaria, Italy
Location: Sesto Imolese, Italy
Pilot: P/O. Joseph Raymon Moffat NZ/424871 RNZAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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: