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    Default 12 Grp Casualty on 11 Grp Circus 124, 15 April 1942

    Could someone please assist with identifying a 12 Group pilot who baled out into the Channel but was rescued by ASR HSL on 11 Group Circus 124 to Desvres Airfield on 15 April 1942?

    The three participating 12 Group units were 411, 609 and 616 Squadrons. I can find little in a simple Google search, but Franks has a "Sgt Miller RAAF" of 616 Squadron listed in FCL as 'engine failure, baled out into the Channel off Dungeness in Vb, BL754, rescued by HSL, but states he was on 10 Grp Circus C-1 to Cherbourg.

    On the other hand, the 11 Grp ORB Appendix indicates that a pilot of 616 Sqn (un-named) baled out into the Channel off Dungeness and was rescued by HSL.

    Can anyone confirm the identity of the 616 Sqn pilot who baled out on 11 Group Circus 124, please?

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    Steve
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    Hello,

    AUS404939 P/O (Pilot) Phillip Charles MILLER RAAF.

    l have no records of Miller being a member of the Caterpillar Club. He ditched 4m S of Dungeness and was admitted, slightly injured, to the Union Road Hospital, Dover 15/4/42, later transferred to RAF Halton 7/5/42, discharged 13/6/42.

    Sgt Phil Miller (RAAF), first flew with 616 Sqn on 24th Feb 1942, having joined them from 56 OTU Sutton Bridge on 21 Jan 1942. On 15th April 1942 injured when his Spitfire Vb (BL754) suffered an engine failure during a Circus to Cherbourg. Crashed into the sea off Dungeness and rescued by High Speed Launch. 5 Feb 1943, crash landed when his "flame trap" burnt out. Posted back to Australia 13 April 1943.

    http://www.redtwo.plus.com/616/personnele_m.htm

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    Hi Col

    Thanks for your quick response and confirmation of the pilot's full name and circumstances of his loss.

    Is there anything in your source to confirm whether he was a casualty on 10 Grp Circus C1 or on 11 Grp Circus 124?

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    Steve
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    Steve,

    Only Miller's A9300 Personnel File at the NAA has been digitised. Generally, these files do not contain that type of detailed information.

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    Okay, thanks Col
    Regards
    Steve
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