Tuesday, April 28, 2020

S/Ldr Arthur Robert Moore DFC* 19xx-1989

 Bob Moore climbing into prototype J-29 before its maiden flight in 1948
Arthur Robert Moore joined the RAFVR about May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he continued his elementary flying training at 7 EFTS Desford and went on to 10 FTS Ternhill for No. 19 Course, which ran from 11th April to 24th July 1940. 

Moore arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 3rd August and after converting to Hurricanes joined 3 Squadron at Wick on 19th August. He flew his first operational sortie on 4th September and his last with 3 Squadron on 19th September.

He was posted to 615 Squadron at Northolt on 10th October. He flew seven sorties with 615 between 17th October and 2nd November. 
Moore was posted to CFS Upavon on 28th December 1940 for an instructors course. He was commissioned in July 1941. 
In early June 1944 Moore was a Flight Commander with 3 Squadron. On the 8th he shot down a Me109 north of Rouen. Between 18th June and 10th August 1944 he destroyed twenty V1 flying bombs and shared another.
He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 21st July 1944). 

Moore was posted to 56 Squadron at Newchurch in late August 1944. The squadron moved to B-60 at Grimbergen, Belgium on 28th September.
He shared in the probable destruction of a Fw190 on 29th September, destroyed a Me210 on 28th November and destroyed two Me109's on 17th December. 

Moore was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Squadron Leader and joined the RAFVR in 1950.

On 1 September 1948, the first of the Saab 29prototypes conducted its maiden flight, which lasted for half an hour. The test pilot for this first flight of the type was S/Ldr 'Bob' Moore.

He brought a 1955 Saab 92B back to England when he returned, later to become the first managing director of Saab GB Ltd. This was reputedly the first-ever Saab car imported to the UK.
He died in 1989.