Francis Orin Moore [RG1560.AM]


RG1560.AM: Francis Orin Moore, 1923-1945

Papers (photocopies): 1941-1952
Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska: World War II soldier
Size: One folder


Francis Orin Moore, son of Orin and Amy (Barker) Moore, was born May 12, 1923, at Gering, Nebraska. Moore attended Gering High School where he played football and basketball. He graduated in 1941 and then enrolled at Chadron State Teachers College. Moore enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserves in June of 1942, and was called into service on February 20, 1943. He received flight training and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on May 23, 1944. Moore then received advanced training at Roswell, New Mexico, where he flew B-17 Bombers with the Eighth Air Force.

In March of 1945, Moore sailed to Scotland and eventually was stationed near Norwich, England. He flew several bombing missions as co-pilot before taking over his own crew. He flew his first bombing mission as lead pilot on March 30, 1945, over Hamburg, Germany. On March 31, 1945, the crew flew its second mission near Zeitz, Germany. The plane was damaged by flak over the Zeitz oil refineries, and before Moore could make an emergency landing, they were attacked by German fighter planes, and the bomber was shot down. Four members of the crew were able to parachute to safety, but Moore and five others were killed.

Francis Orin Moore is buried at Saint-Avold Cemetery at Lorraine, France. There is a second headstone for Francis Moore in West Lawn Cemetery at Gering, Nebraska.


This collection consists of one folder containing photocopies of papers relating to Francis Orin Moore. Included in the collection are photocopies of letters Moore sent home to his family during his WWII service. Also included are photocopies of a memorial booklet, newspaper clippings, and photos of Moore’s gravesite in France.

Note: This collection consists of photocopies only. History Nebraska does not hold any of the original papers.


Francis Orin Moore papers


Subject headings:

Moore, Francis Orin, 1923-1945
Soldiers — Nebraska — Gering
United States — Army Air Forces — Air Force, 8th
World War, 1939-1945 — Aerial operations, American


Revised TMM 08-18-2020


Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

Making Rain

Making Rain

How pioneer trails shaped Omaha streets

How pioneer trails shaped Omaha streets

Marker Monday: Atlas D Missile Site A

Marker Monday: Atlas D Missile Site A

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

History Nebraska Education

Learn more about the educational programs provided at our museums, sites, and online.

Education Digital Learning Resources

Find games, lists, and more to enhance your history education curriculum.

History Nebraska Programs

Learn more about the programs associated with History Nebraska.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast!

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

History Nebraska Services

Digital Resources

Find all of our digital resources, files, videos, and more, all in one easy-to-search page!

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.