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21.07.1945 Power Jets Meteor III EE291 Sq/Ldr. Alan O. Moffet AFC

Operation: Display

Date: 21st July 1945 (Saturday)

Unit: No. Power Jets

Type: Gloster Meteor III

Serial: EE291

Base: Bruntingthorpe

Location: Whetstone

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Alan Ormerod Moffet AFC 40736 RAF Age 25. Killed


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.

Burial details:

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:

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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