Coastguard Rescue 117 and RAF club pay tribute to 100 year old World War 2 veteran Paddy Mooney

HSE/SECH Media Statement: 16th June, 2021

 A Royal Air Force (RAF) 2nd World War veteran was given a special surprise this week at Dunabbey House residential nursing unit in Dungarvan.

When Paddy Mooney, a native of Dunabrattin, Annestown, Co. Waterford, celebrated his 100th birthday in May of this year at Dunabbey (where he now resides), the Rescue 117 coastguard helicopter based at Waterford Airport did an honorary flyover of the HSE’s Dungarvan Community Hospital complex to mark the occasion.

In the meantime and thanks to contact between the Rescue 117 and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight unit based at Coningsby military airbase in Lincolnshire, a specially signed and framed photograph of a Lancaster bomber airplane was arranged as a memento to be sent to Paddy Mooney. In turn, the Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) unit at Bunmahon, Co. Waterford on behalf of Rescue 117 presented the memento to Paddy.

The Lancaster is one of the planes flown by members of the official RAF club and regular RAF crew in public, military and state occasions – including Trooping the Colours, airshows and flypasts for public events. It is also an aircraft very familiar to Paddy Mooney.  

Born in 1921, Paddy Mooney emigrated to England as a young man and joined the RAF in the early 1940s. Having trained as a flight engineer, Paddy went on to serve in Egypt, Iraq and Palestine during World War 2 – including dangerous missions flying Lancaster Bombers.

Aoife Mooney, a grand-niece of Paddy’s and on behalf of the Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) unit at Bunmahon, called to Dunabbey House this week to present Paddy with the memento Rescue 117 received for him from the RAF club.

Expressing his thanks for the gesture, Paddy Mooney said he would greatly treasure the photograph.

Maeve Flynn (Staff Nurse, Dunabbey House/Dungarvan Community Hospital) said it was very heartening to see that the recent very significant birthday of one of its residents had attracted such attention and that Dunabbey House/Dungarvan Community Hospital were delighted to facilitate the CRBI presentation to Paddy.

Last updated on: 16 / 06 / 2021