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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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157 Squadron Mosquito XIX MM650 RS-J P/O. Bruce English Miller

Operation: B/S Lützkendorf, Germany

Date: 14/15th March 1945 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 157 Squadron (Motto: 'Our cannon speak our thoughts') 100 Group

Type: Mosquito XIX

Serial: MM650

Code: RS-J

Base: RAF Swannington, Norfolk

Location: Ahrweiler

Pilot: P/O. Bruce English Miller Aus/420232 RAAF Age 21. Killed

Nav: P/O. Raymond Gavin Cavin Anzac Crisford Aus/421576 RAAF Age 29. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 19:30 hrs for bomber support operation as high level patrol to 5 group to Lutzkendorf. Six mosquitoes taking part on a fine but hazy night.

The newly commissioned crew of MM650 that had been with the squadron since March 1944 failed to return.

Burial details:

P/O. Bruce English Miller/ Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave 8.B.12. Born on the 16th March 1923 in Broadmedow, New South Wales, Australia. Enlisted on the 11th October 1941 in Sydney. Son of John English Miller and Dulcie Kathleen Miller, of Mount Hutton, New South Wales, Australia. Epitaph: 'We Will Remember. Mother, Dad, Doug, Myee, Of West Ryde, Late Newcastle'.




P/O. Raymond Gavin Cavin Anzac Crisford. Grave 8.B.11. Born on the 07th November 1915 in Charleville, Queensland, Australia. Enlisted in Sydney on the 28th February 1942. Son of Harold Gavin Crisford (died on the 14th October 1942 at about age 50 in Sydney) and Adele Doretta Crisford (née Hyland - died in 1973 at about age 84 in Sydney). Husband of Gladys Mary Crisford, of Bondi, New South Wales, Australia. Epitaph: ' Not Just Today But Every Day In Silence We Remember'.



Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the National Archives Kew AIR-27-.1046-27/28, National Archives of Australias,

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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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. 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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