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The Airmen's Stories - P/O H W Moody


Henry Wollaston Moody was born on 20th May 1910 in Surbiton, the son of Percivale Sadleir Moody (1870-1939) and Louisa Marian Moody (nee Ley 1874-1937).

His father was from New Brunswick in Canada.

HW Moody was awarded Aero certificate 14301 at the London Air Park on 20th August 1936, his occupation recorded as Bank Clerk.



Moody joined the RAFVR about June 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 602 Squadron at Drem in March 1940 as a Sergeant-Pilot.

Later in the month he broke a collar bone when he slipped whilst climbing into a Spitfire. He was commissioned in June 1940.



On 16th August Moody claimed a Me110 destroyed and on the 18th a Ju87. The next day his aircraft was set alight by return fire from a Ju88 engaged off Bognor. Moody baled out, with burned hands, and landed outside Arundel. His Spitfire P9423 crashed and burned out on Colworth Farm, Toad Hall, North Berstead.

Moody claimed a Do17 destroyed on 4th September.

He failed to return from combat over the Biggin Hill area on 7th September in Spitfire X4256.

He was 30 years old and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 9.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


His brother John (1906-1993) was a distinguished theatre producer.


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