Many mines did not explode on impact, but still presented a huge risk. If their timer restarted they could go off at any moment. Moore was one of those who volunteered to go and make these unexploded mines safe. At 24 years of age, Moore was a naval volunteer with no practical experience of dismantling parachute mines. With no special tools or protective clothing, Moore had to learn ‘on the job’, knowing that a mistake could kill him and should the timer restart, he wouldn’t have more than 21 seconds to try to escape.
Over the next four days, Moore and Lieutenant Commander Ryan travelled across London and the south east, making safe unexploded parachute mines. Their work saved lives and homes, and kept military sites and factories working.
Nick Moore: My father almost never spoke about his work defusing these bombs - certainly not when we were growing up. He was a very modest man, he never, for example, had his George Cross on public display. Only in later life, when he was meeting other veterans, could you drag the story out of him. I had the privilege of accompanying him to some meetings of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, and to hear him give this extraordinary account.