Flying Officer George Edward Moberly
Son of Charles Noel and Kate Charlotte Moberly, of Folkestone.
George was born in Bombay in 1914. He was shot down and killed in combat off Dover on 26th August 1940. His Spitfire crashed into the Channel. Moberly is buried in St Mary’s churchyard, Caterham-on-the-HilI, Surrey.
Fellow pilot Hugh Dundas remembered George’s death in his autobiography, ‘Flying Start:’
On 25th August George Moberley came to see me. He had been in action that morning when he had shot down a Messerschmitt 109………George told me how Sergeants Westmoreland and Waring, both “B” flight pilots, had been shot down that day. Westmoreland was known to be dead; Waring was missing. Then he talked to me about his personal affairs, about his family and property. He told me he wanted me to have his personal belongings if he were killed. I had a strong feeling that he had a premonition that he would be. If indeed he had such a premonition, it was fulfilled the next day when in a dogfight south of Dover, George was shot down and killed. He baled out at a very low altitude – so low that his parachute could not open properly. He hit the sea close to shore and his body was recovered.
See linked article below for more information.
Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service.