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 Bert Donald Miller

Bert Donald Miller

Birth
Death 15 Mar 1944 (aged 22)
Germany
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Veterans Patriot Garden, Section 3, Row 10, Space 10,
Memorial ID 112114805 · View Source
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Pilot 1st/Lt. Bert D. Miller KIA
Hometown: Abilene, Texas
Squadron:576th BS 392nd Bomb Group
Service #O-803246
Awards: Purple Heart

Target: BRUNSWICK
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR #03184
Date Lost: 3-Mar-44
Serial Number: #42-99976
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: "D"
Aircraft Name: "POCATELLO CHIEF" 18th Mission
Location: Riddinghausen-Ennepo District Ruhr.
Cause: Enemy fighter Crew of 10 KIA

Briefing for this first mission to Brunswick was held between 0400-0530 hours. The 576th was assigned lead with Lt Amoss the Bombardier. At 0730(26) aircraft began take-offs on what was to be a PFF led mission due to overcast target weather. No enemy aircraft were sighted but (10) aircraft were damaged by flak. One aircraft was MIA on this mission from the 576th Squadron, another Gotha mission aircraft and aircrew. Airplane ft 976 ‘D' for Dog with 1st Lieutenant B. D. Miller's crew aboard peeled off after the bomb run with bomb bay doors open, and fell behind at 1118 hours. The aircraft was last seen at 1128 at position 5151°N-1020°E under control and no chutes having been observed. The remaining aircraft began recovery at base around 1430 hours.

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: Eye-witness records from returning 392nd crews stated this aircraft had peeled off after the bomb run with bomb bay doors open and falling behind at 1118 hours. The ship was last seen at 1128 hours at position 51-51 N, 1 0-20E, apparently under control with no parachutes having been observed. German Report, # KU1195 recorded the finding of this crashed aircraft and all (10) crewmembers who had perished. Time of downing was listed as 1215 hours on this mission date, at a location given as Riddinghausen-Ennepo District Ruhr. An enemy fighter was given as the cause of the plane's crash.

BURIAL RECORDS: The German Report above listed the burial of all (10) crewmen in the interment which took place on 21 March 1944 at 0800 hours in Cemetery for POWs in Dortmund, Germany. One crewmember was listed as an unidentifiable "unknown" (which later turned out to be the body of the Navigator, Lt. Williamson). Initial burials in the Dortmund Cemetery were as follows, all being interred in Section 5 there: Lemily in Grave #151; Mayer, Grave #152; Wishbow, Grave #153; Rice, Grave #154; Roberts in Grave #155; Lynch in Grave #156; Miller, Grave #157; Wilson, Grave #158; Della Betta, Grave #159 and the "unknown" (Lt. Williamson) in Grave #160. U.S. National overseas Cemetery listings note the following members of this crew being recovered and buried in the ARDENNES Cemetery, as follows: Wilson (Grave C-9-5); Williamson (Grave D-24-7);Mayer (Grave C-17-9); Rice (Grave D-27-12) and Roberts (Grave D-27-8). All are noted to have been awarded the Purple Heart. There are no records on the re-interments by U.S. authorities in the U.S. overseas National Cemetery listings on Miller, Della Betta, Lynch, Lemily and Wishbow, who ostensibly were recovered and returned to the States at the request of families involved. Lt. Miller was reintered Sept. 8, 1949.

Crew of "POCATELLO CHIEF"
1st/Lt. Bert D. Miller Pilot
2nd/Lt. William E. Wilson Co Pilot
2nd/Lt. Charles R. Williamson Jr Navigator
2nd Lt. Gabriel E. Wishbow Bombardier
S/Sgt. James M. Lynch Engineer
T/Sgt. Proadocinco J. Della Betta Radio Op.
S/Sgt. Thomas L. Rice Gunner
S/Sgt. Henry T. Mayer Gunner
S/Sgt. Truman F. Roberts Gunner
S/Sgt. Gerard P. Lemily Gunner


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  • Created by: John Dowdy
  • Added: 10 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 112114805
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bert Donald Miller (28 Oct 1921–15 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112114805, citing Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .