A proud Scouser who flew in World War II has died of coronavirus.

John Moore has been described as "much loved" and "modest" by his community and his death has lead to an outpouring of love and tributes.

John moved to Cardiff 40 years ago but still dubbed himself a "proud Scouser".

He died in the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, on March 28 after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

In an emotional tribute for Wales Online, community member Lindsey Alford described him as a "frequent figure at village events" and said "he gave his friendship freely to young and old".

She said: "John was proud to call himself a Scouser.

"The second youngest of eight children, John had a twin brother and younger sister, along with four older sisters and an older brother.

"Although he never said it, John was clearly very bright. He won a scholarship to a Grammar School aged 11, leaving as he turned 16, just three months before the start of the Second World War."

The community of the village of Aberthin in Wales lit candles in their windows to unite in collective mourning after his death.

Throughout the Liverpool Blitz of July 1940 to May 1941, John worked in the civil defence unit, extinguishing mercury incendiary bombs and pulling residents from toppled buildings.

At 17 years old, this included the rescue of his sister Nell and her two-year-old son Alan, who survived by sheltering in a reinforced cupboard under a flight of stairs.

John recalled how Alan had apparently "slept right through" the destruction of his home.

A few months later, John joined the RAF, taking advantage of a scheme to sign up for an RAF number before he was legally old enough to train.

This ensured that when he joined the armed forces aged 18, he was drafted to the RAF rather than the Army or Navy.

Drawing from interviews with John, Lindsey said: "Proving himself a highly skilled pilot, he was retained as an instructor in Canada for a further year, before returning home to join Bomber Command as a Lancaster pilot.

"He recounted that he chose to pilot multi rather than single engine planes, as he didn’t trust the engines enough to rely on only one.

"John and his crew of six men flew an incredible 27 of 30 allotted missions across Europe before their Lancaster bomber was damaged by enemy fire."

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The plane was completely destroyed, leaving two crew members dead and another three seriously injured.

Lindsey added: "Ever humble, John joked that he only joined the RAF to escape the Blitz.

"In more reflective moments he spoke of how the experiences of war profoundly changed him - he vowed to never waste a moment and live life to the full.

"John kept his promise and became an inspiration to all who knew him."