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19 August 1941 485 Squadron Spitfire Vb P7977 Sgt. Miller

Operation: Circus 82

Date: 19 August 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 485 Squadron (motto: Ka whawhai tonu - 'We will fight on') 11 Group

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: P7977

Code: OU-U

Base: RAF Redhill, Surrey

Location: Lost without trace

Pilot: Sgt. Keith Campbell Morison Miller NZ/401761 RNZAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 09:55 hrs escorting Blenheims with the target of the power station at Gosnay.

Combat with enemy aircraft over French coast and shot down, sadly the pilot has no known grave.

Burial details:

Sgt. Keith Campbell Morison Miller. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 64. Born on the 29th September 1916 at Auckland. Son of William Morison Miller and of Margaret Pate Miller (née Campbell), of Te Awamutu. 328 flying hours logged and completed 16 operational sorties.

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, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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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', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', 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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