Patrick Moore's lifetime grudge against the Germans
After the nurse he met in World War II was killed in a bomb raid, astronomer remained a bachelor for life
ASTRONOMER Sir Patrick Moore never got over a nurse he met in wartime and her death left him with a deep loathing of Germany, according to one of the many tributes published following his death on Sunday at 89.
The legendary broadcaster fell in love with Lorna, a nurse, during World War II and they became engaged, says the Daily Mail. She was killed in a German air-raid in London three years later, leaving Moore heartbroken. He remained a bachelor all his life.
Last year, in an interview with the Mail, he revealed that an hour rarely went by without his thinking of Lorna.
"It's a long time back now. She was in London when one of Hitler's bombs fell. That was it for me. It went too deep. There couldn't be anybody else. She wasn't there and there was no one else for me, so you make the best of a bad job."
The death of Moore's father in 1947 from the gas he had inhaled in the Great War, fuelled his hatred. "If I saw the entire German nation sinking into the sea, I'd push it down. There may be good, courteous, friendly Germans, but I haven't met them. Now we're making friends with the Germans."
The stargazing eccentric admitted his attitude towards Germany was 'absurd', adding "I've had to visit Germany a few times during my career, and as soon as I get there I'm in enemy territory. It's absurd because I don't feel the same about Japan."
Even so, he brought up the subject up again this year, telling the Radio Times: "The only good Kraut is a dead Kraut."
Moore's death has sparked an outpouring of tributes. The Guardian said he was generally accepted to have inspired millions to take an interest in the night skies.
His TV show The Sky At Night ran for a record-breaking 55 years – the longest show with one presenter – and he only missed one episode. In his youth he had been due to study at Cambridge but instead joined the RAF's Bomber Command.