Moore, Robert (No. 1040804)

Moore, Robert (Bobbie)

Sergeant (Air Gunner)

No. 1040804, 405 (RCAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in action on Thursday 11 March 1943

Buried:

Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany (Grave 2. K. 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Ballyholme Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

The name Moore, R. is inscribed on Bangor and District War Memorial and the name Moore, Robert RAF is commemorated in Ballyholme Presbyterian Church.  Ballyholme Church opened initially on 4 September 1937 as a Church Extension Charge of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.  It was ‘erected’ to a Congregation on 5 November 1940, and it was only at that stage that Baptismal and Marriage Registers were commenced.

Crawford Gourley, a member of the congregation, kept a scrapbook of items relating to Ballyholme Presbyterian Church up until his death in 1991.

Crawford Gourley recorded that, before he joined the RAF, Bobbie Moore was the leader in charge of Lifeboys in Ballyholme Presbyterian Church.

Robert (Bobbie) Moore was a son of James and Ellen Moore of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim and during the Second World War he served with 405 (RCAF) Squadron in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  On 11 March 1943 he was one of a seven-man crew aboard a Handley Page Halifax Mark II aircraft (BB212) that took off at 7.03 pm from RAF Topcliffe in Yorkshire on a mission to bomb Stuttgart.  They were flying at 17,000 feet when their aircraft was shot down by a Messerschmitt fighter aircraft, before they reached their target.  Sergeant Bobbie Moore was the rear gunner, and he was killed.  The other six crew members survived and were held as Prisoners-of-War:

  • Pilot                        Flight Sergeant G. Chretien
  • Flight Engineer        Sergeant A. Collin
  • Navigator                Flight Sergeant T. Carlon
  • Bomb Aimer            Pilot Officer J. Probert
  • Wireless Operator   Sergeant H. Reynolds
  • Mid Upper Gunner   Sergeant Arthur Ernest Danes

Sergeant Bobbie Moore (No. 1040804) was buried in Durnbach War Cemetery in Germany and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

UNTIL THE DAY BREAK

AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY