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Francis Stephen Moores

Admitted to:

RAF Hemswell SSQ. York Military Hospital (10/08/43). RAF Hospital Rauceby (14/08/43).

Date of Injury:

10/08/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

01/12/1915 (28)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in a Halifax returning from ops.

Transferred to QVH:

18/04/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face and hands.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

4



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

Francis Stephen

Surname:

Moores

Service No:

52574

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

DFC

Patient Unit:

PHU, RAF Morecambe

Profession:

Flight Engineer

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

2010

Age at Death:

---

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Known as "Dinty"

Moores joined the RAF as a Halton apprentice in 1932. Before the war, he served as ground crew in Mesopotamia, now Iraq. In the early years of the war, he was ground crew at RAF Tangmere for a Spitfire squadron, before he volunteered for aircrew and became a flight engineer. He was assigned to Halifax Bombers in 51 Sqn out of RAF Snaith, North Yorkshire and had flown over 20 Ops over Germany by 1943.

On 10 August 1943, his plane was taking off for a raid with a full load of bombs when it developed a mechanical fault and the pilot had to crash land. The plane hit a cottage, busting into flames, and Moores suffered severe burns to the face and hands. One crewmember was killed instantly, but the others survived.

Glossary:

PHU - Personnel Holding Unit
SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

References:




East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.111 - Portrait photograph of Moores, outside
EGRTM 2773.328 - Photograph of Moores talking to fellow Guinea Pig MacPherson at a Dinner