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    Default Loss of W/O W M MOORE 502 Squadron

    Hi folks

    Does anyone have any GEN on the loss of this Airman. He failed to return from an Op over the Bay of Biscay (I beleive) on 12th October 1942.

    I suspect it was a 502 Whitley V or VII he was on board at the time of his loss.

    This enquiry is on behalf of his Nephew who has just joined our local Militaria society and he has asked me to try and find out what happen to him.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    Best regards

    Alastair.

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    He would be

    Name: MOORE, WILLIAM NORMAN
    Initials: W N
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Warrant Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
    Unit Text: 502 Sqdn.
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 12/10/1942
    Service No: 816127
    Additional information: Son of Robert and Margaret Moore; husband of Lilian Moore, of Samlesbury, Lancashire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 72.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1077106

    On that date the following men, including Moore were lost:
    Sgt. LARCOMBE R A 927828 502 SQDN 12/10/1942 RAFVR
    W/O MOORE W N 816127 502 SQDN 12/10/1942 RAF (AAF)
    Sgt. NICHOLLS R P 1310492 502 SQDN 12/10/1942 RAFVR
    Sgt. PAGE S J 923914 502 SQDN 12/10/1942 RAFVR
    F/O WALKER R B F 119153 502 SQDN 12/10/1942 RAFVR

    All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Found using:
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    Flying AW Whitley aircraft out of St. Eval, but they might have been on detachment.
    http://www.rafcommands.com/Coastal/502C.html

    The Roll of Honour from St. Eval:

    http://www.stmawgan.org.uk/BoR/1942.htm#Oct

    Also lists the men.

    I can't provide the aircraft serial number however but some one will tell you shortly.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Default Loss of W/O W M MOORE 502 Squadron

    Hello,

    Aircraft was a Whitley BD564 YG-L from 502 Sqn, lost on an anti-submarine patrol.

    The Canadian:

    F/Sgt Vincent David Savage, R/76137 RCAF +

    was also a part of the crew. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Think Ross McNeill can say much more about this aircraft.

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    My bad, I should have checked for other than British airmen also.

    Googling the aircraft serial number reveals this claim:

    http://www.luftwaffe.cz/meisterd.html

    Claimed it seems by Lt. D Meister of Luftwaffe KG40.

    Since you had a Canadian onboard the aircraft, the relative ought to right to the Canadian archives and request the service record of Sgt. V D Savage with emphasis on details relating to the loss of the aircraft.

    Details of how to do this are here:

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909.007-e.html

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2063&highlight=library+archives
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Chris Goss's excellent book "Bloody Biscay" has it listed as shared with Uffz Walter Stohl 14./KG40
    Tony K

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