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27 November 1943 32 Squadron Spitfire Vc JK548 P/O. Millar

Operation: Sweep

Date: 27 November 1943 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 32 Squadron (motto: Adeste Comites - 'Rally round, comrades') 323 Wing. 210 Group

Type: Spitfire Vc

Serial: JK548

Code: GZ-?

Base: Reghaia, Algeria - Detached at Foggia, Italy.

Location: Ligurian Sea

Pilot: P/O. Henry James Millar NZ/413877 RNZAF Age 28. Missing - believed killed


Taking off after refuelling at an airfield north of Foggia on a special operation over Northern Italy.

Whilst approaching the target at 50 ft. with 3 others he suddenly dived steeply into the sea about 3 miles south south west of Genoa. No enemy action taking place at this time.

Burial and personal details:

P/O. Henry James Millar. Malta Memorial. Panel 12. Column 1. Born on the 03rd May 1915 at Featherston. A car salesman for Thos Wagg an Company of Masterton prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 06th July 1941. Pilots badge awarded on the 26th November 1941 and promoted to sergeant on the 20th December 1941. Embarked for England on the 20th January 1942. Trained further at 59 Operational Training Unit. Embarked for Algeria in November 1942. Flew Hurricanes and Spitfires when he joined 32 squadron on the 26th November 1942. Awarded his commission on the 26th November 1943. Son of Samuel Henry and Maud Louisa Millar, of Upper Plain, Wellington, New Zealand. A total of 539 flying hours logged. On his 118th operational sortie.

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

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