27.04.1945 No. 130 Squadron Spitfire NH691 W/O. Alister D. Miller
Operation: Armed Recce sortie
Date: 27th April 1945 (Friday)
Unit: No. 130 Squadron
Type: Spitfire XIVb
Base: Advanced Landing Base B.118 Celle, Germany
Location: Siggelkow, Germany
Pilot: W/O. Alister Donald Miller AUS/418145 RAAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 07:18 hrs from the advanced landing base B.118 Celle in Germany on an armed recce sortie over the Parchim - Wismar area.
It is reported that the section leader 24 year old, F/O. Trevor Lambert Treverrow (1) AUS/409776 RAAF sighted a Ju188 flying very low and gabs chase commencing an attack.
W/O. Miller broke off to starboard exposing the under surface of his aircraft to the fire of the top gunner of the Ju188 who obtained strikes on his aircraft.
W/O. Miller’s (3) aircraft was seen to skid into the ground and explode. The height of the combat was estimated to be between 30 - 50 ft. The pilot did not bale out and was subsequently reported as missing. (2)
(1) F/O. Trevor Lambert Treverrow - born on the 15th September 1921 of 40 Rosella Street, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia. Survived the war and left the airforce as a Fl/Lt. on the 19th March 1946.
(2) The No 4. Missing Research and Enquiry Unit led by Fl/Lt Aptroot visited the grave marked as a Canadian pilot on the 09th September 1947 to exhume the body in order to make a positive identification. He obtained a statement from the Burgermeister of Siggelkow who stated that he saw the aircraft attacked by a German fighter, hitting the ground and bursting into flames. The body was flown clear and found about 20 yards from the Spitfire. For whatever reason decided that the pilot was Canadian and buried locally as such. The aircraft was recorded at the time as Spitfire DH691 but positive identification was able to be made by the uniform worn and other information.
(3) W/O. Alister Donald Miller is reported to have been forced down earlier on the 01st April 1945 in Spitfire XIV RN196 after having suffering engine failure near Celle - he evaded capture and returned to his unit. His aircraft was removed on the 12th April and repaired.
W/O. Alistair Donald Miller. Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Grave 9.C.11. Born on the 30th October 1922 at Armadale, Victoria, the son of Donald James Miller and Mary Trescott Miller of 9 Grout Street, Hampton, Victoria, Australia and husband of Doris Marian Miller, of ‘The Retreat’, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, England. Grave inscription reads: “At Rest. Remembered Always”.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the National Archives of Australia and sources as quoted below: