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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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4 Elementary Flying Training School Tiger Moth II NZ790 LAC. Moore

Operation: Training

Date: 28th March 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School

Type: Tiger Moth II

Serial: NZ790

Code: -

Base: RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand

Location: Woodhill

Pilot: LAC. Edwin Chaytor Moore NZ/41349 RNZAF Age 23. Killed


History of NZ790:

Fuselage built at Cowley and shipped to New Zealand. The remainder of the aircraft was constructed at Rongotai from local materials. British construction number 83388. BOC Unit 18 Rongotai 09th December 1940.

During a solo training flight at 11:20 hrs stalled off a turn whilst flying at 150 feet. The Tiger Moth crashed and burst into flames onto Dr. Aitkenhead's farm at Reweti, Woodhill.

Burial and personal details:

LAC. Edwin Chaytor Moore. Auckland Cemetery (Waikumete). Prot. Soldiers Area G, Row 3, Grave 30A. Born on the 05th June 1917 in Auckland. Educated at Auckland Grammar School. Worked as a shop assistant for F.W. Bridger Ltd at Opotiki. Served for one year in the NZ Army territorial forces. Enlisted at Levin as a pilot under training on the 19th of January 1941. Trained with No. 4 Elementary Flying Training School 02nd March 1941. Son of Phillip Patrick Moore (died 03rd October 1950, age 71) and of Mary Elizabeth Moore (nee Wilkins), of Mount Eden, Auckland City, New Zealand. A total of 13 solo flying hours were logged.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Air Force Museum of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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