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Foster, William Peter

Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

Wireless Operator

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Warrant Officer
Unit:
No. 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 June, 1944.
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Warrant Officer
Unit:
No. 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Flying Officer Moore, Warrant Officers Foster and McDowall, and Sergeant Hamer were pilot, wireless operator (air), navigator and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft in which they attacked and destroyed two U-Boats during a recent sortie. In both actions which occurred within the space of twenty-two minutes, Flying Officer Moore pressed home his attack with great skill and gallantry in the face of heavy opposing fire. He was brilliantly supported by his crew whose efficiency and co-operation throughout were of inestimable value. On this notable sortie Flying Officer Moore and his comrades set an example of the highest order and their feat was worthy of the highest praise.

Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 August, 1944.

Shortly after midnight on June 7, 1944 the Consolidated Liberator of Flying Officer “K.O.” Moore lifted off the runway and joined a formation of No. 224 Squadron of Coastal Command, RAF. They were carrying out a “Cork” patrol in support of the D-Day landings. During this sortie Flying Officer “K.O.” Moore and crew sank two German submarines (U-629 and U-373) in 22 minutes off the French island of Ushant (Ouessant).
After the war there have been reports from various German sources that the identification of the U-629 was incorrect and that it was instead U-441.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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