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Merlin Doyne Miller

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). After his tour with 303BG, he volunteered for Pacific duty in B-25's with another unit.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Hullar

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD). 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron
  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3002 'The Old Squaw'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pocatello 31/12/42; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-Z] Morrison 5/3/43; Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action 6/9/43 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Wilbur Klint, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale...

  • 42-5341 'SCARLET HARLOT' aka 'VAT 69' aka 'VICIOUS VIRGIN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/12/42; West Palm Beach 9/1/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GH-Q] Molesworth 7/2/43; severe battle damaged Bernberg 20/2/44 with Bob Hullar, Co-pilot: Capt Dick Dubell, Navigator: Elmer Brown, Bombardier: Jim McCormick, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sullivan, Indiana 1 July 1923

Son of Fay and Eunice [Wilson] Miller.

Lived in Will County, IL 1941
Enlisted Chicago, IL 1 October 1942
Based Molesworth July 1943 – March 1944

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched RTD English Channel 6 September 1943

Ditched in North Sea 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3002 'Old Squaw'. Picked up by ASR Returned to duty (RTD).

Died Dugger, IN 11 November 2002
Buried Woodward Cemetery, Dugger, IN 15 November 2002

Woodward Cemetery
Dugger,
Sullivan County, IN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 18:09:39 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/161247248
https://www.fold3.com/record/38531809-merlin-d-miller
https://www.fold3.com/record/84451239-merlin-d-miller
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12509536/merlin-doyne-miller
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12335415/merlin-doyne-miller

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Hell's Angel Newsletter submission 2000

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