224 Squadron RAF
Early in the war, Ken hitchhiked to Vancouver, British Columbia. There he met Americans intent on joining the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Inspired by their desire to fight a war their country had yet to join, Ken soon found himself at the RCAF Manning Depot in Edmonton, Alberta.
Flying Officer Moore finished his tour of 61 missions and began instructing Liberator pilots in spring 1945. He left the air force, married, and worked at General Motors until 1947 when the RCAF asked him to return to duty. Ken served for nearly three more decades, retiring with the rank of wing commander. He was also a member of the Kiwanis community service club.
Ken Moore died on 17 January 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia. He left behind his wife of 62 years, five children, and ten grandchildren.
Canadians in the RAF
During the Second World War, Ken Moore never served in an overseas RCAF squadron. Instead, he served in an Imperial unit, containing airmen from all over the British Empire. For instance, only six members of Ken’s crew on the night of 7/8 June 1944 were Canadian. The other four were British. Other members of the squadron were from New Zealand and Australia.
RAF Coastal Command
Sinking a U-boat from the air was a difficult task. Furthermore, as Moore alluded to in his interview, confirmation of a sinking was also difficult since the aircraft could not loiter in the engagement area for an extended period. Evidence from German sources suggests that Moore’s crew probably only sank one U-boat on 7/8 June 1944. Nevertheless, attacks on U-boats could result in damage, increasing the danger for German sailors, or force the U-boat to submerge. Underwater U-boats typically posed a reduced danger to Allied surface vessels.
A Liberator on Coastal Command.
Ken (front left) and his crew.
Ken in the cockpit of his Liberator.
The telegram Ken received for his DSO.
Ken (right) and his navigator.
Ken (front, 2nd from right) and his crew.
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