Lieut Robert H. Miller

Birth
USA
Death 24 Oct 1943 (aged 22)
Burial Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot Sec I-4 Row 8 Site 414
Memorial ID 16556201 · View Source
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1st Lt. Robert H. Miller, of Providence, R.I. On Oct. 24, 1943, a B-25D-1 Mitchell bomber crewed by these airmen departed Oro Bay Airfield in New Guinea on a bombing run of enemy targets in Rabaul. As the aircraft neared its target, it was attacked by Japanese fighter aircraft. Crewmen from other aircraft said they saw the B-25 crash near a plantation at Kabanga Point. There were no survivors. In 1946 and 1947, Australian War Graves search teams recovered some of the crew's remains from the crash site. Identifications were not possible at the time and the remains were ultimately buried at the Manila American Military Cemetery in the Philippines. From 1999-2000, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) led a joint U.S. and Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.) investigation and excavation of a WWII-era crash site in East New Britain Province. One joint team interviewed individuals having information on the crash, including an eyewitness who said he saw the B-25 crash near his village. Another individual found and buried human remains at the crash site in the mid 1990s. The team surveyed the site and found aircraft wreckage, human remains and personal effects. A second joint team excavated the site and recovered additional human remains and crew-related artifacts from the wreckage field.

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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 8 Nov 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16556201
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Robert H. Miller (13 May 1921–24 Oct 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16556201, citing Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .