Moore, Robert Angus (Bobby)
No. 1074933, 297 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in action on Monday 23 August 1943 (aged 23)
No known grave
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 138)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor
Bangor Grammar School
Moore family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery
Robert Angus Moore was born on 24 August 1919 at 3 Central Avenue, Bangor and he was the only son of Hugh and Rose Moore (nee Angus) who were married on 8 December 1916 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church. Hugh Moore, a labourer from Ballyfotherly, Donaghadee was a son of Alexander Moore, a labourer. Rose Angus from Donaghadee was a daughter of Alexander Angus, a labourer.
The Moore family lived at 6 Alfred Street, Bangor.
During the First World War three of Rose’s brothers were killed in action:
Hugh and Rose Moore (nee Angus) had at least three children including:
Eliza Jane (born 28 June 1917 at 9 Beatrice Avenue, Bangor)
Robert Angus (born 24 August 1919 at 3 Central Avenue, Bangor)
Robert Angus Moore was educated at Bangor Central Public Elementary School and Bangor Grammar School which he attended from 1932 until 1936. He was a prominent figure in the School’s rugby, cricket and athletics teams and he was a Lieutenant in the First Bangor Company of the Boys’ Brigade. He left school in 1936 to take up a position in the Ordnance Survey Branch of the Ministry of Finance.
He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1940 and went to Blackpool for initial training. During the war he served with 297 Squadron and when he was killed on 23 August 1943 (the day before his 24th birthday) he was one of a crew of four aboard an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle aircraft that was shot down and crashed into the sea off the north-east coast of Spain. The other crew members who died that day were:
- Warrant Officer Herbert Edward Curtis (aged 34) from West Wickham, Kent
- Flying Officer John Bruce Bowden (aged 23) Royal Canadian Air Force
- Flight Sergeant Albert Edward George Nunn (aged 21) from Poplar, London
In the County Down Spectator it was reported that Robert Angus Moore was missing ‘during special technical operations’ and later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed. Robert Angus Moore had two sisters – Mrs Campbell of Grove Hill Gardens, Bangor, and Miss Jean Moore.
Flight Sergeant Robert Angus Moore (No. 1074933) is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey; on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor; in Bangor Grammar School and on the Moore family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery. His father Hugh died on 19 December 1972 and his mother Rose died on 13 January 1980. Also commemorated on the Moore headstone is Samuel Campbell, who died on 24 May 1957 (aged 50).