30/01.12.1941 No. 106 Squadron Hampden P1228 ZN-L Sgt. Moore
Date: 30/01st December 1941 (Sunday/Monday)
Unit: No. 106 Squadron 5 Group (motto: Pro Libertate - 'For Freedom')
Type: Hampden I
Base: RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire
Location: Wadden Sea
Pilot: Sgt. Arthur John Moore 778391 RAFVR Age ? Missing - believed killed
Obs: Sgt. Anthony Joseph William Parker NZ/404492 RNZAF Age 26. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gr: Sgt. Thomas Francis Gowan 955046 RAFVR Age 23. Missing - believed killed
W/Op/Air/Gr: Sgt. Dan Davies Jones 1253004 RAFVR Age 24. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 16:20 hrs from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to join 180 others to bomb Hamburg.
Weather conditions were described as a three quarter full moon with excellent visibility. 13 aircraft were lost on this operation - 7 were claimed by flak units. It is thought that P1228 was one of those hit by 2.-5.M Flak unit with the aircraft coming down in the Wadden Sea North of Cuxhaven at 21:49 hrs.
Another crew from the squadron was also lost:
Hampden I AT115 Flown by 21 year old, Sgt. Frank Edwin Rolfe 778218 RAFVR Missing with all his crew.
Sgt. Arthur John Moore. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 48. No further details - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Anthony Joseph William Parker. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 64. Son of James Robert and Margaret Josephine Parker, of Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 200 flying hours logged and on his first operational sortie. Trained at No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, RNZAF Station Taieri 1939 New Zealand.
Sgt. Thomas Francis Gowan. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 44. Son of Thomas Henry and Annie Gowan, of Leicester, England.
Sgt. Dan Davies Jones. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 46. Son of David and Mary Anne Jones, of Forest Hill, London, England.
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: