Harry Moon 1

It is with deep regret that I have to announce the Death on 29th April of Harry Moon. Harry flew with the Squadron in Malta from 1941 until 1942.

Harry was a great supporter of the association and will be sadly missed.

Our condolences and sympathy go to his family.

Harry H. Moon

Click here for a larger image...Harry Moon joined the Royal Air Force as an RAF VR in June 1940. he began basic training at Torquay and went to 7AFTS Desford, Leicestershire, pilot training on Tiger Moths – the as part of the same course posted to Sealand for conversion to Miles Masters – then onto Turnhill April 1941. He received his Pilots Brevet (RAF Wings) 27th April 1941.

Harry went onto 59 OUT Carlisle for conversion to Hurricanes – soloing on type on the 8th May 1941. Four weeks later after completing 50 hours on Hurricanes Harry was posted over seas. He joined the Aircraft Carrier HMS Furious on the Clyde and sailed for Gibraltar. On reaching Gibraltar he transferred to the carrier HMS Ark Royal which was embarked on “Railroad1” to ferry Hurricanes out to Malta on the 27th June 1941 – then returned back to Gibraltar to collect more Hurricanes from Furious’ hangar and departed on the 30th June 1941 for Operation “Railroad 2” for further delivery of Hurricanes for Malta. Harry Moon arrived in Malta with that second delivery of Hurricanes on the 30th June and was posted directly to 249 (F) Squadron. Just before the closure of the nine months service on Malta, Harry was transferred to 126 (F) Squadron.

On 2nd April 1942, Harry left the island in a Sunderland flying boat for Aden. Once there, he became part of the “Aden Defence Flight” in May 1942. Harry left Aden in February 1943. In May 1943 he was posted to 274 (F) Squadron flying Hurricanes from Tripoli carrying out convoy escorting duties. In December 1943 Harry returned to Idku just outside Alexandria to re-equip with Spitfire MkVs, going onto Mersa Matru – Castle Benito and onto cover the Anzio landings until the end of 1943, beginning of 1944. Here the squadron shot up tanks, trucks, rolling stock etc. After 1st April 1944 the squadron returned to England from Naples in Italy to Scotland via the Clyde. 274 were then posted to Hornchurch in Essex where they converted to Spitfire MkIXs. It was here Harry was promoted to ‘A’ Flight Commander. The Squadron then moved to Detling, Kent, for sweeps over Europe. On June 5th and 6th 1944 the Squadron covered the build-up and landings on D-Day. On the 12th June the squadron landed on one of the first beachhead landing grounds in readiness for the coming offensive.

At the end of June 1944 Harry was posted to the Central Gunnery School at Catfoss in Yorkshire, then Eshott, Northumberland to a Spitfire OTU and later a Typhoon and Tempest OUT Gunnery School at Millfield Northumberland until December 1944. Harry stayed with this unit until 1946. Harry was then posted to Keevil, Wilts, to a Spitfire OUT. In July 1946 Harry was posted to India as Command Gunnery Officer, only to find the posting only existed on paper. Harry then managed a posting to 30 Squadron in India flying Tempests at Agra. The squadron was then re-numbered as 20 Squadron. In August 1947 Harry was posted back to England and on the 1st of August Harry was promoted to peacetime Squadron Leader and was posted as CO to command RAF Cuxton, near Rochester, where he spent one year. From here he was posted to Church Fenton to command 41 (F) Squadron operating the De Havilland Hornet. Twelve months later Harry was posted to RAF Padgate overseeing all National Servicemen entering the Royal Air Force. In August 1952 Harry was chief ground instructor on Meteors at Workshop for two and a half years. He was then posted to 64 Group, staff job York looking after a quarter of the ATC Squadrons throughout England. One year later Harry was posted to an Air Traffic Controllers course. He retired from the RAF in 1956.

In 1958 Harry applied for an Air Traffic Controllers position with the American Air Force at Bentwaters. Harry Moon served 18 years with the Royal Air Force and a further 21 years as an ATCO retiring on his 60th birthday.