Raymond David MOORE BEM

MOORE, Raymond David

Service Number: 5598
Enlisted: 19 December 1939
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: No. 1 Aircraft Depot Laverton
Born: Wallaroo, SA, 20 December 1920
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Wallaroo Public School, Kadina High School
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Natural Causes, 5 August 2003, aged 82 years, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Wallaroo Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Kadina Memorial High School WW2 Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

19 Dec 1939: Enlisted Laverton, VIC
19 Dec 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Corporal, 5598
27 Sep 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Corporal, 5598, No. 1 Aircraft Depot Laverton
Date unknown: Honoured British Empire Medal

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mr and Mrs L.J. MOORE of 341 Halifax Street, Adelaide.  Born in Wallaroo and educated at the Wallaroo Public School and Kadina High Schools he was employed at the Post Office until he was 16 and then left with his parents to reside in Adelaide.  He was a storeman at Richards' until he enlisted in the RAAF at the age of 18 years.  Raymond had twin brothers in the Militia.  He was awarded the British Empire Medal  for outstanding herosim, and Lord Gowrie paid a high tribute to his gallantry.  

The citation for which the award is made is :-  When an aircraft crashed into the sea in August 1941, Leading Aircraftman Moore entered the shark infested seas in an endeavour to rescue the crew.  Although others were forced to return to the beach because of burning petrol and wreckage, Leading Aircraftman Moore, exercising marked determination, succeeded in reaching the main portion of the wreck.  He continued diving  into the wreckage in repeated attempts to reach anyone who might be trapped in the aircraft, and only ceased through extensive and severe petrol burns to face and chest, which necessitated immediate medical treatment.  He displayed outstanding courage and determination and devotion to duty, as he was fully aware of the danger from sharks which infest these waters and the possibility of burning from petrol.