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Alan John Moore

Alan John Moore

Sergeant 1869940 Flight Engineer 57 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 25 July 1944, aged 23
Remembered on Ash War Memorial

Alan Moore was Flight Engineer on Lancaster DX-N (MKIII), which was attacked by a German night fighter and came down after midnight the night of 24-25 July, near a farm and the village of Bouzy la F˘ret 45km east of Orleans. The whole crew of seven were killed. The plane had probably attempted a forced landing, and local villagers remember that it broke into a number of large pieces when it hit the ground and caught fire. The rear turret was detached intact and one Rolls Royce Merlin engine was found 25 meters away. When the first witnesses arrived the remains of Pilot Simson and his Flight Engineer Moore were still sitting in the aircraft. Even the rear gunner had not attempted to leave the Lancaster and was still sitting behind his guns. Only one body was found near a partly unfolded parachute. None of the others had tried to bail out.

The crash site was so isolated that the Germans took more than 48 hours to discover it. The men were buried in the local cemetery with one of the guns marking the place, and later the Germans re-interred them in Orleans Main Cemetery France. Alan Moore is buried in a shared grave with 3 other members of his crew (Flight Sergeant DW Wright, Flight Sergeant EG Hopkins and Sergeant KE Gilson), next to the graves of rest of the crew (Pilot Officer RH Simson, Sergeant J Whitfield and Gunner CW Woods).

Alan Moore's sister, Mrs FP Seume of Diamond House Firacre Road, submitted his name for inclusion on the Ash War Memorial.

Alan John Moore

Ash Second World War Roll of Honour


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