World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces
MOORE  ROBERT  M    O-1702891    2 LT    KIA

Robert M. Moore
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # O1702891
5th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group  
Entered the Service from: Maine
Died: 15-Mar-44
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Florence American
Florence, Italy  
Awards: Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters,
Purple Heart
Portland Press Herald -May 5, 1944
Twin Brothers Russell on left, Robert on right circa 1935
Robert was on a mission over the
Italian coast when he or his flight
leader spotted an enemy minelayer
South west of Elbe, and orders were
given to drop fuel tanks and attack
the ship. Tragically, when Robert
jettisoned his belly tank, it hit the
under side of tail of his spitfire and
knocked off the entire tail section,
sending his spitfire spinning into the
sea. His remains were never
recovered, Semper Memento

Spitfires & Yellow Tail Mustangs: The
U.S. 52nd Fighter Group in WWII
By Tom Ivie, Paul Ludwig,  pg 145