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Thread: The Late, Great, Sir Patrick Moore, RAF Service - Questions

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    Default The Late, Great, Sir Patrick Moore, RAF Service - Questions

    Hello All,

    There have been some variations in the Obits for Patrick Moore which made me try to see if I could, at least, establish some base-line from which to work. There were some "facts" which didn't quite fit! He was difficult to find, but I think this is him!

    Born Q2 1923, Reg Hendon District - Listed as Patrick A Moore (MMS White). The BBC website gives his DoB as 4 Mar 1923, and lists him as P A Caldwell-Moore? Can’t get any Caldwell-Moore’s to come up?

    Enlisted (1800747) Euston some time after Dec 1941? If that DoB is correct then he would have been 18 on 4 Mar 41 – so he need not have “lied about his age”, as some Obits have indicated?

    ROYAL AIR FORGE VOLUNTEER RESERVE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission. As Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —
    Ldg. Acm. 2nd June 1944
    1800747 Patrick Alfred MOORE (165462).

    Confirmation and promotion.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Flg. Offs. (war subs.}: —
    2nd Dec. .1944.
    P. A. MOORE (165462).

    Commission relinquished.
    Flg. Offs, retaining their rank: —
    24th Nov. 1945.
    P. A. MOORE (165462). 5th Dec. 1945.

    TRAINING BRANCH.
    Appointment to commission.
    As Pilot Officers: —
    13th. June 1946.
    Patrick Alfred MOORE (165462).

    Commission resigned.
    Pilot Officers: —
    5th Sept 1947
    P. A. MOORE (165462).

    Clearly, he could have held the T/A rank of Flt Lt at some stage in the RAFVR GD Branch. Unusual(?) when Relinquishing not to be allowed to retain the higher rank?

    Further, he appears only to have been a Plt Off in RAFVR(T) Branch. Malcolm will be able to pronounce on the VR(T) Sqn Ldr claims!

    I'm not intending to "knock" Sir Patrick - but rather some of the Obit writers who appear to have slipped up?

    Interested to see if I've got the LG, etc, facts correct!!

    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 10th December 2012 at 13:44. Reason: Syntax
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    Hi Peter

    I very much doubt he would have achieved Act Sqn Ldr in the VR(T) in just over a year, I've known Plt Offs becoming Act Flt Lt within days of commissioning but not Sqn Ldr.

    Malcolm

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    Dear Peter
    I had the wonderful opportunity to have tea with Sir Patrick at his home late last year. He was naturally open to all our questions about astronomy and the space programme but he was VERY humble and quiet about his RAF career. He hinted about flying on SOE missions but would not even confirm which types of aircraft he flew in. It was a truly wonderful afternoon which will stay with me for the rest of my life. A real gentleman.
    Best wishes
    James

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    Hello

    I've been looking at various online obits, but there's no unit quoted.

    Does someone know to which Bomber Command Squadron(s) he was posted to ?

    TIA

    Joss

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    I didnt realise he had ever flown operationally.

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