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The Airmen's Stories - F/O G E Moberly


George Edward Moberly was born in Bombay on 23rd December 1914, the son of Charles Noel Moberley, a civil engineer, and Kate Charlotte Moberly (nee Fottrell).

His father served as Adjutant to the Bombay Rifles and was also manager of the Bombay Electricity Supply Company.

GE Moberly was educated at Ampleforth School, Yorkshire and learned to fly at Ipswich in 1937.

After leaving school he was employed by Ruston & Hornsby, engine manufacturers in Lincoln. He played for Lincoln Rugby Club.

He joined 609 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force in the summer of 1938 but transferred to 616 Squadron when the Earl of Lincoln began to form it on 1st November 1938 and he was one of the first two officers to join.



Called to full-time service on 24th August 1939, Moberly was in action over Dunkirk. On 28th May he claimed a Me109 destroyed and possibly another and on 1st June he destroyed a Ju88.



Moberly shared a Do17 on 3rd July, destroyed a Ju88 on 15th August and a Me109 on the 25th. He was shot down and killed in combat off Dover on 26th August 1940. His Spitfire, N3275, crashed into the Channel.

Moberly's body was recovered and he is buried in St Mary's churchyard, Caterham-on-the-HilI, Surrey.






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