John Moore

John Moore was a non-commissioned officer in Royal Air Force 115 Squadron. He died in England on a training exercise accident on 11th November 1947.

Gunner II

John Moore


Belfast-born Gunner II John Moore was on board an Avro Lancaster bomber that collided with a De Havilland Hornet in a tragic training accident.

Gunner II John Moore (1903432) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. As a Gunner II, he would have been a non-commissioned officer after World War Two serving in RAF 115 Squadron.

John was the son of John Moore and Margaret Moore of Belfast, Co. Antrim. He died on 11th November 1947 aged 28 years old.

Moore was a gunner on Avro Lancaster B1 TW647 taking part in a fighter affiliation exercise from RAF Witchford, Cambridgeshire. This Lancaster was second last on the starboard side of the 6-plane formation. De Havilland Hornet F1 PX284 simulated an attack from the rear but misjudged the breakaway distance. The escort plane collided with the larger Lancaster bomber.

The Hornet lost its port wing causing the plane to lose control and come down near Stanford, Norfolk. The Lancaster went into a shallow dive that increased causing the nose to break off behind the pilot’s seat. This threw Flight Officer PE Clarke clear and allowed him to deploy his parachute. All other crew members on board Lancaster TW647 died in the crash.

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
SteedmanDavid McCandlishPilot IHornet Pilot1344897. RAF 19 Squadron.
AllanGeoffrey AldersonGunner IILancaster Gunner2206054. RAF 115 Squadron.
EdwardsDavid Alvin LloydNavigator IILancaster Navigator1656102. RAF 115 Squadron.
EmeryAlick Charles RichardSignaller IILancaster Signaller1295723. RAF 115 Squadron.
HumphreysPeter HarrySquadron LeaderLancaster Passenger84961. RAF 115 Squadron. Distinguished Flying Cross.
GillespieWilliam HenryFlying Officer166966. RAF 115 Squadron.
MooreJohnGunner IILancaster Gunner1903432. RAF 115 Squadron.
ScatchardHarold OwenFlight Lieutenant53733. RAF 115 Squadron.

John Moore’s grave is in Section LL, Grave 47 of Carnmoney Cemetery, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim. His headstone bears the inscription:

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember him.