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198 Squadron Crest
08.12.1944 No. 198 Squadron Typhoon Ib JR248 TP-P F/O. Milich

Operation: Attack on enemy HQ

Date: 08th December 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 198 Squadron (123 Wing, 83 Group)

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: JR248

Code: TP-P

Base: ALG. B.77 Gilze-Rijen

Location: Woudenberg, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O. Mate Alexander Milich DFC. NZ/49666 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 09:25 hrs with 11 others from the squadron to attack enemy headquarters at Hoevelaken in the Netherlands.

Sadly two Typhoons from the squadron failed to return. F/O. Milich reported that he was experiencing problems with his engine and was instructed to return to base to be accompanied by one other. Sadly they became separated in cloud and F/O. Milich crashed at 09:42 hrs in the area of Woudenberg, south of Amersfoort.

The other Typhoon MN291 TP-S flown by 30 year old, Lt. Pierre André Brisdoux Galloni D' Istria a French airman. was killed after being hit by anti-aircraft fire.

DFC Citation LG 06th November 1945: "Awarded in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations".

Burial details:

F/O. Mate Alexander Milich. Woudenberg General Cemetery. Grave 179. Born on the 10th April 1921 at Waiharara, Northland the son of Kleme Milich and of Neta Milich (née Hita), of Waiharara, New Zealand. Also served with the New Zealand Army, Home Guard for 9 months - Joining RNZAF August 1942. Total of 548 flying hours logged and having completed 101 operational sorties.

Lt. Pierre André Brisdoux Galloni D' Istria. Père Lachaise cemetery, Paris. Born on 20th October 1914, in Algiers.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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