21.07.1945 Power Jets Meteor III EE291 Sq/Ldr. Alan O. Moffet AFC
Date: 21st July 1945 (Saturday)
Unit: No. Power Jets
Type: Gloster Meteor III
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Alan Ormerod Moffet AFC 40736 RAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Sq/Ldr Moffet was at the time the chief test pilot for the company Power Jets. 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 killing the pilot instantly.
In July 2015 his loss was commemorated with a newly installed seat near the crash site. His wife, Mollie attended along with his daughter and other family members. Members of the Blaby Heritage and Museum Society had spent several years trying to trace relatives.
Sq/Ldr. Alan Ormerod Moffet AFC. Skelsmergh Cemetery. Plot A. Grave 36. Son of William Percy and Elizabeth Emily Moffet, husband of Mary Rebbla Moffet, of Kendal, Cumbria, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Richard Holdridge, Leicester Mercury, Blaby Heritage and Museum Society, other sources as quoted below: