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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Fighter Command Crest
05/06.05.1943 No. 51 Operational Training Unit Beaufighter IF X7616 Sgt. Miller

Operation: Training

Date: 05/6th May 1943 (WednesdayThursday)

Unit: No. 51 Operational Training Unit. 9 Group

Type: Beaufighter IF

Serial: X7616

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Location: Manor Farm Hall, Bletchley

Pilot: Sgt. Gordon Christian Noesgaard Miller NZ/416521 RNZAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at around 00:55 hrs on a radio transmission training exercise.

Just 90 minutes later the Beaufighter dived into the ground at the location shown.

Subsequent enquiries decided he may have lost control after becoming disorientated by allowing himself to be distracted from his instruments. The aircraft was completely buried in the impact which occurred at 01:25 hrs, but continued to burn some 24 hours later.

Burial details:

Sgt. Gordon Christian Noesgaard Miller. Kempston Cemetery. Block J. Grave 90. Born on the 20th December 1919 at Woodville, the son of Leonard Henry Miller, and of Thora Miller (later McCalmont), of Auckland City, New Zealand. Prior to service worked as a labourer in Masterton. A total of 323 flying hours logged.

(Note: we believe that the CWGC have both his name Noesgaard spelt incorrectly as Noesgarrd and his age as 22)

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:

KTY 24.07.2019

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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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