Peter John MOORE


MOORE, Peter John

Service Number: 112401
Enlisted: 13 June 1939
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 616 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Xavier College Melbourne, Oxford University
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed in Action - 'Rhubarb' fighter sweep, Le Touquet, France, 3 June 1942, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

13 Jun 1939: Enlisted Royal Air Force (WW2), SN 112401, Aircrew Training Units
1 Oct 1940: Involvement Royal Air Force (WW2), Sergeant, SN 112401, No. 253 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
1 Nov 1941: Transferred Royal Air Force (WW2), Pilot Officer, No. 616 Squadron (RAF)
3 Jun 1942: Involvement Royal Air Force (WW2), Pilot Officer, SN 112401, No. 616 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Peter John MOORE - Battle of Britain (1919-1942)

Peter John Moore was born on 1 October 1919. He was the third child and second son of Arthur Fitzroy Moore and Catherine Susan, née Morrissey, who had married in Sacred Heart Church, Kew, on 17 October 1912. Arthur’s father, James, was a successful timber merchant and in 1880 he established James Moore and Sons Pty Ltd. Peter was educated at Burke Hall, the preparatory school for Xavier College, a Jesuit Catholic school. He was dux in 1931 and the next year commenced at Xavier College. He graduated with a scholarship to Newman College but decided to go to Oxford University.

He joined the Oxford University Air Squadron in April 1939. One of his course mates on the squadron’s 1939 summer camp was Richard Hillary. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) on 13 June 1939 and was called up just before war was declared. After training, he was posted to 253 Squadron in October 1940 as a Sergeant pilot. He flew a number of sorties during an intense period of flying before he bowed out of the Battle of Britain, wounded, on 30 October.

Peter enjoyed a good career with 253 Squadron and was commissioned on 6 January 1942. On 29 March 1942, he was posted to 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron. He killed in action on 3 June 1942 during an offensive sweep over Le Touquet and Boulogne in northern France.

He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

With thanks to Kristen Alexander 'Australia's Few'