24.08.1942 No. 402 Squadron Spitfire IX BS136 Fl/Sgt. Miller
Date: 24th August 1942 (Monday)
Unit: No. 402 Squadron (RCAF)
Type: Spitfire IX
Base: RAF Kenley, Surrey, England.
Location: Nr. Bolbec, France.
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Victor Howard Miller R/8311 (USA) RCAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the afternoon of the 24th August 402 squadron were escortIng United States Air Force B-17s on a bombing operation to the Le Trait shipyards.
During this circus they jumped 8 x Fw190s and during this combat they were then attacked by 40 x Fw190s from JG 26 and shot down near Bolbec. 402 Squadron also lost 3 other aircraft on the same operation:
Spitfire IX BS122 Flown by 23 year old P/O. Gerald MacKay, killed.
Spitfire IX BS198 Flown by Fl/Lt. Bland, managed to return to Kenley, wounded.
Spitfire IX BS202 Flown by Fl/Lt. I.G. Keltie , managed to return to Kenley, wounded. Also survived another incident on the 13th April 1944.
Note: Spitfire BS136 was built on the 6th August 1942 at the Eastleigh factory and delivered to 402 on the 9th August. Fitted with the Merlin 61 engine.
Left and above: St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery, photographed by our Kate Tame during her visit in 2012. Any relative who would like a higher resolution photograph of the grave, please dont hesitate to contact us.
Fl/Sgt. Victor Howard Miller. St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery. Grave A.15. Next of Kin details not available but it is known that Fl/Sgt. Miller was an American from Richmond, Illinois, U.S.A.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. To our specialist genealogist Kate Tame for grave photographs.