MOSS Alan Worsley 406726

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Alan Worsley MOSS

Service No: 406726
Born: Withnell England, 3 July 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 13 Squadron, Hughes NT
Died: Air Operations (No. 2 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-174), Ambon, 22 May 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Nellie Moss; husband of Mollie Touzelle Moss, of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

A similar attack (on Japanese shipping in Ambon harbour) was made on 22nd May by eight aircraft drawn from both Nos. 2 and 13 Squadrons. Squadron Leader Archibald Bertram McFarlane (250207) again led the attack. On this occasion the Japanese had some warning and the Hudsons were received with a heavy anti-aircraft barrage and by enemy fighters which attacked immediately and shot down two of the Hudsons, one piloted by Flying Officer Philip Gardner Brooks (407219) of No. 13 Squadron and the other by Pilot Officer Graham William Charles Allchin (401321) of No. 2 Squadron, who had been unable to remain in formation. The rear-gunner in a Hudson piloted by Flying Officer Arthur John Sharp (402140) shot down one attacking Zero and two others that were hit by fire from the Hudsons’ guns broke off combat.

Extract from Gillison, D.N. (Douglas Napier) (254475) Royal Australian Air Force 1939-1942, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1962 – Page 560

The crew members A16-174 were:

Flying Officer Phillip Gardner Brooks (407219) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Alan Worsely Moss (406726) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant Paul Cecil Roll (416287) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Colin Alwyne Vercoe (407883) (Wireless Air Gunner)

No. 2 Squadron lost Hudson aircraft A16-187 (Pilot Officer Graham William Charles Allchin (401321) (Pilot)) on 22 May 1942

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/45/162

Bibliography:

Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995
Gaston, Bruce DFC (406646), Harry Horner DFC OAM (406595), Raymond Storer (406666) (Editors), Aircrew for the Duration: of and by members of RAAF EATS Courses 10, 11, 12 & 13, Gaston Horner and Storer, Nedlands WA, 1990
Grantham, S.R. (Sidney Richard) (6590) The 13 Squadron Story, S.R. Grantham, Dee Why NSW 2099, 1991
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992