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Name: Douglas Keith Moores Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot) Service No: J/17649 Service: Royal Canadian Air Force 438 Squadron Date of Birth: January 5, 1922 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: October 1, 1940 Place of Enlistment: No 1 Mobile Recruiting Unit RCAF, Yarmouth, NS Address At Enlistment: Porter St., Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 6 feet Complexion: Medium Eyes:Brown Hair: Dark Brown Trade: Clerk Marital Status: Single [at enlistment] Religion: United Next of Kin: Elsie P. Moores [Mother] Porter St., Yarmouth, NS Elizabeth Moores, 13 Wescott St., Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England Date of Death: August 3, 1944 Age: 22 Cemetery: Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (Calvados, France) Grave Reference: XIV. A. 1. The 78th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 397 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 26 Flying Officer Douglas Keith Moores was the son of Clinton Ray Moores and Elsie [Hatfield] Moores of Yarmouth, NS and husband of Elizabeth Moores, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham, England. He had one son, Robert Michael, born in England. He attended Yarmouth Central School between 1927 and 1934, the Yarmouth Academy between 1934 and 1939, and Acadia University 1938 and 1939 taking courses toward an Arts Degree. He was employed as a clerk in his spare time while attending school and university with C. F. Rand Ltd. In 14 he was employed with R. H. Davis Co. Ltd. Yarmouth. He played basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, hockey, and soccer and enjoyed swimming. He completed his training in Canada and proceeded overseas. He was married on October 26, 1943 to Elizabeth Shearwood at Christchurch, Lieicester Gate, London. Overseas, he served in various squadrons, including 438 Squadron. On August 3, 1944 he was the pilot of a Typhoon 1B M.N. 321 aircraft that participated in a Squadron dive bombing attack against a concentration of tanks, mortars and machine guns on the outskirts of the town of Ondefontaine, twenty-seven miles west of Caen, France. Just as his aircraft went into its dive, it suffered a direct hot by flak and exploded in the air. Flying Officer Moores did not parachute from the plane and died in the crash. He was buried by an Army Padre on August 7, 1944 in the field alongside the crashed aircraft, about 500 yards west of Ondefontaine, ten kilometres south of Villers Bocage, France. At the time of the crash the village was in the battle line and it was two days after its liberation that the funeral ceremony and burial was able to be performed.
Douglas Keith Moores
Personnel of #8 SFTS Moncton, May 16, 1941: CD Barnett R64872 of Hillsboro NB, JD Graham R76949 of Yarmouth NS, DK Moores R62970 of Yarmouth NS, CB O'Hanley R62972 of Yarmouth NS, and JA Weary R56378 of Muquodoboit NS