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Claude Creath Moore


Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Landing accident, RAF Watton, in Mosquito RG113 6-Apr-45 RTD.
Shot down in Mosquito NS792, by Free French Airforce P-51 Mustang on Graypea (chaff drop) mission to Germany 9-Apr-45. Wounded in Action (WIA). Transferred to Det. Pnts. Of 7th Army.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • John Pruis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Landing accident, RAF Watton, in Mosquito RG113 6-Apr-45 RTD. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron


  • NS792

    Misidentified and shot down by a Free French AF P-51 at about 17:45 hrs. The Mosquito was at 20,000 feet when attacked; following an explosion the pilot, Lt John A Pruis, slumped forward in his seat. The navigator, Lt Claude C Moore, was badly burned...

  • RG113

    Landing accident RAF Watton - John A Pruis (pilot). 6/4/45. Written Off Damaged Beyond Repair.


Associated Place

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...


Event Location Date
Born Des Moines, IA 15 March 1916

Son of Mary Dille Moore.

Draft registration Kansas City, KS October 1940

Employed by Fox Midwest Theatres, Kansas City.

Enlisted Kansas City, KS 13 November 1943

Kansas City, Kansas

Based Watton 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 20 October 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Topeka, KS 15 June 2003
Buried Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS 19 June 2003

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas


Date Contributor Update
04 October 2020 13:11:43 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and aircraft associations

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01 December 2018 22:16:46 Emily Changes to biography

Removed source information added by Wattonman from biography

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01 December 2018 00:40:53 Wattonman Changes to biography

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Shiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.

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06 February 2016 20:59:02 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations

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04 January 2015 11:32:04 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:06:21 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology, Unit History; Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 177 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia