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
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".
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: