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Surname MOONEY   Initials L   First Name LAURENCE  
Decorations DFM  
Rank Flying Officer   Unit RAF   Service No. 53786  
Age Unknown  Deceased 3/02/1945  Previous Squadron 101  
Comments 19/9/44 - F/O SPINLEY D.F.M. and crew reported from P.F.F.N.T.U.  
Address United Kingdom?  
Cemetery LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERYLeopoldsburg, Limburg, Belgium  
Grave Location I. B. 11.  
Additional Info  
War Graves Link 2109868  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFM  4/07/1944  Mooney, Laurence. 615997 Sgt, 101 Sqn. LG 21/1/44. 30 sorties. 185.20 flying hours. Flt Engr.

Throughout his operational tour successfully completed with this squadron, Sergaent Mooney has displayed a constant spirit of determination and a high standard of keeness and efficiency. A steady and very reliable N.C.O. whose 30 sorties, many of which were against the heavily defended area of the Rhur, have all been carried out with cool courage and tenacity of purpose worthy of the highest praise.

Sergeant Mooney is a Flight Engineer whose aircraft has on several occasions been badly damaged by flak, notably on the night of 25th of July, 1943, when engaged on an attack on Essen, his starboard outer motor was hit and caught fire. With magnificent presence of mind and great skill, Sergeant Mooney instantly extinguished the fire and feathered the propeller, thereby saving a valuable engine from complete distruction.

By his cheerful confidence and splendid devotion to duty, this N.C.O. has set a magnificent example to his comrades and it is recommended that his record of achievement be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

Remarks by Station Commander.

Sergeant Mooney has completed a magnificent operational tour which has been marked throughout by his enthusiasm, efficiency and keen sense of devotion to duty. The very high standard which he set for himself and constantly maintained has been an inspiration both to his crew and the whole squadron who hold him in high esteem. I recommend that his commendable courage in action, untiring zeal and fine record be rewarded by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal. 
Source Date Comments
LG 36314  31/12/1943  615997 Sgt Laurence MOONEY (53786). 4th Dec.1943 (Promoted to P/O) 
LG 36597  4/07/1944  L. MOONEY (53786). Appt F/O 4/6/44