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248 Squadron Crest
12.03.1945 No. 248 Squadron Mosquito FBVI HR632 DM-Q W/O. Raymond W. Moffat

Operation: Sweep

Date: 12th March 1945

Unit: No. 248 Squadron

Type: Mosquito FBVI

Serial: HR632

Code: DM-Q

Base: RAF Banff

Location: North Sea - South West Lister, Norway.

Pilot: W/O. Raymond William Moffat AUS/414587 Age 23. Missing

Nav: F/O. Bruce Andrew Stanley Abbott Aus/422360 RAAF Age 21. Missing


Carrying out an anti-shipping sweep during the afternoon in the Skaggerak and Kattagat area of Norway.

Above L-R: W//O. Moffat and F/O. Abbott (courtesy Australian Archives)

The squadron was attacked over the North Sea and it is understood that HR632 was shot down. Other reports state that a pilot from 333 Squadron, who were acting as fighter escort also based in Banff, saw the attack take place and saw a Mosquito receiving hits. No distress calls were made from the crew.

Also escorting the squadron were Mustangs from 19 Squadron. 1 of these, Mustang III KH444 flown by Sq/Ldr. Michael Rowland Hill 72467 RAFVR was also lost after combat with the Me109’s. P.O. Avery from the same squadron was wounded but managed to return.

Burial details:

W/O. Raymond William Moffat. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 283. Son of Frederick and Lillian Beatrice Moffat, husband of Marjorie Moffat, of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Born 4th March 1922, Brisbane, Australia. 

F/O. Bruce Andrew Stanley Abbott. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 282. Son of Stanley McF. and Ethel Winifred Abbott, of Homebush West, New South Wales, Australia. Born 2nd October 1923, Willoughby, Australia.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Australian Archives. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Runnymede Memorial Database.

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