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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. P J Moore


Peter John Moore, from Melbourne, Australia, was born on 1st October 1919, the son of Arthur Fitzroy Moore and Catherine Susan Moore.

He went to Xavier prep school in 1931 before going on to Xavier College in Melbourne 1932-36.

Moore arrived in England in 1937 and entered University College, Oxford where he was a member of the air squadron.

He joined the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September, he completed his training and joined 253 Squadron at Kenley in October 1940.


253 Squadron at Kenley 1st December 1940

L to R, sitting on wing:

Sgt. RA Innes - P/O RC Graves – Sgt.A Edgley – Sgt. CB Brown – P/O DA Pennington – P/O DS Yapp

L to R standing:

F/O AF Eckford – Capt. de Scitivaux – F/O SR Peacock-Edwards – P/O G Marsland – F/Lt. RM Duke-Woolley – S/Ldr PR Walker – F/Lt. RF Watts – F/O Wall (Adjutant) – F/O Henry (Intelligence)

L to R sitting: Sgt. AS Dredge – Sgt. PJ Moore – Sgt. EHC Kee

(P/O Corkett and P/O Greenwood not present)


He made a crash-landing at Newbarn Farm, Southfleet on the 30th in Hurricane V7301 after a combat with Me109s.

Commissioned in November 1941, Moore was killed on 3rd June 1942 as a Pilot Officer with 616 Squadron, aged 22. His Spitfire Vb BR191 was shot down by fighters off Le Touquet during Circus 184.

He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.



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