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Frank William Mooney

In memory of:

Flying Officer Frank William Mooney

January 15, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/38975

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Son of Bernard R. Mooney, M.D. and Elizabeth Mooney, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 547 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HARROGATE (STONEFALL) CEMETERY
Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Sec. G. Row E. Grave 6.

Location:

The town cemetery is on the south east side of Harrogate, Yorkshire. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's plot is in the southern part of the cemetery. To reach the cemetery from Harrogate, go along the Harrogate/Wetherby road (A661) to the junction with the A59. The cemetery is signposted at this junction. This cemetery contains war graves of both world wars. The large majority of the war burials occurred during the 1939-45 War. Nearly all are airmen, two-thirds of them belonging to the Canadian forces. Many of these men died in the Military Wing of Harrogate General Hospital. Of the many airfields established in Yorkshire during the War, a number were situated in the vicinity of Harrogate. Such were the R.A.F. station at Harrogate itself, and those at Linton-on-Ouse, Tockwith, Rufforth and Marston Moor. Nearly all the Canadians buried here belonged to No. 6 (R.C.A.F.) Bomber Group, whose headquarters were at Allerton Park. All the stations controlled by this Group were in the area north of Harrogate in the Vale of York, the largest base having its headquarters at Linton-on-Ouse. During the early months of the war a piece of land was set aside by the local authorities for service war burials near the north-west corner of the cemetery. This group of war graves is in Sections 20E and 21E within the northern boundary. In July 1943 the Air Forces Section was opened at the north-eastern corner of the cemetery, where men from airfields in Yorkshire and the north-eastern counties were brought, most of whom died in the great bomber offensive on targets in Germany.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Flying Officer Frank William Mooney is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Frank William Mooney is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
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  • Memorial– Photo of Memorial stone for crew of Halifax LK-878
Courtesy of Rich Allenby
Excerpt of story from www.allenby.info\aircraft\planes\45\lk878.html
On the 15th January 1945 this crew was to undertake a take-off and landings training exercise.  At 18.50hrs they were involved in a crash at Topcliffe airfield when the aircraft swung on take-off and ground looped.  Two hours later were ordered to undertake the exercise in a fresh aircraft. 
At 20.55hrs they took off and three minutes later the starboard outer engine failed. Control of the aircraft was lost and it crashed into a wood near Felixkirk. Deep snow was covering the ground. Locals were soon on the scene but eight of the nine on board were beyond help and sadly died in the crash. The seriously injured airman died in hospital at Northallerton. 
The RCAF and RAF crew were: trainee pilots, F/O Frank W. Mooney, age 21, of Vancouver and F/S Geoffrey Walton, RAF; Flight Engineers, Sgt. Albert R. Robson, age 20, Toronto and Sgt. Michael R. O¿Sullivan, RAF; Navigator F/O James A. McCrea, age 20, St. Eustache sur le Lac, Que.; Bomb Aimer F/O Duncan P. McGregor, age 20, Calgary; WAG Sgt. Joseph A. Savy, age 20, Calgary; Air Gunners, Sergeants Angus J. MacDonnell, age 20, Green Valley, Ont. and Leonard Stavenow, age 19, Arnprior, Ont. (died in hospital). 
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  • Memorial– Photo of Memorial to crew of Halifax LK-878
Courtesy of Rich Allenby


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  • Group Photo– Photo of F/O Frank William Mooney RCAF with fellow Canadian aircrew members on airfield in England, September 1944 (left to right: F/O Duncan Pearson McGregor (Air Bomber), A/G Sgt. Leonard Charles Stavenow (Tail Gunner), A/G Sgt. Angus John MacDonnell (Mid-Upper Gunner), F/O Frank William Mooney (Pilot), W/AG Sgt. Joseph Aloysius Savy (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), F/O James Alexander McCrea (Navigator).  All would perish 3 months later in air crash on January 15, 1945.
  • Reverse side– Reverse side of air crew photo taken September 1944 at airfield in England, with handwritten notes of F/O Frank William Mooney under heading "The Dead End Kids Fighting the War", identifying crew members in photo (reverse of photo submitted separatetly).
  • Group Photo– Photo of F/O Frank William Mooney and other RCAF crew members, taken in England, November 1, 1944 (Left to Right- top row: F/O Duncan Pearson McGregor (Air Bomber), F/O Frank William Mooney (Pilot); middle row: W/AG Sgt. Joseph Aloysius Savy (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), A/G Sgt. Leonard Charles Stavenow (Tail Gunner); bottom row: F/O Kenneth Bain (Pilot), W/AG Robert Jones (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner).
  • Reverse side– Reverse side of November 1, 1944 photo of F/O Frank William Mooney and fellow RCAF air crew members, with Frank Mooney's handwritten explanatory notes.
  • Family Photo– Family photo of F/O Frank William Mooney RCAF with mother and two of his brothers, taken while on leave in Canada in the Fall of 1944, a few month's before his death in air crash on January 15, 1945.  Shown in the photo are:oldest brother Bernard (Barney) Mooney, mother Elizabeth Mooney, Frank Mooney, brother Sgt. Wilfred (Fred) Mooney (CAF).
  • ID Photo– RCAF I.D. photo of F/O Frank William Mooney, showing height measurement 5'8" tall.
  • Photo of Frank William Mooney– RCAF I.D. photo (profile view) of F/O Frank William Mooney.

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