Horace Moore, a gunner on a B-17, had no idea when his squadron left England for a bombing mission on Germany on July 7, 1944, that he was on his last combat mission. Engine trouble forced his plane to drop out of formation over Germany, and German fighter planes soon attacked and shot it down. Moore was wounded in the leg just before he parachuted to safety. On the ground, he was captured by a hostile mob that threatened to hang him. A friendly German aided him by giving him instructions on how to protect himself. Moore spent the last nine months of World War II in a prisoner of war camp. After the war he returned to his home in Snow Hill in Greene County.