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    Default Flt Lt William Lister Smith DFC (New Zealand) RNZAF

    Hello again,
    could anyone please tell me the RNZAF service number?.
    Thank you.
    Roy.
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    Default Re: Fl william lister smith drc (new zealand) rnzaf

    Roy, There was a William Lister Miller, RNZAF who, as a Flt Lt, was awarded the DFC as a member of 486 (NZ) Sqn. His number was N.Z.402208. Regards, Terry

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    Default Re: Fl william lister smith drc (new zealand) rnzaf

    Roy,

    Re: F/Lt William Lister 'Dusty' MILLER DFC RNZAF.

    Born: Waimate, N.Z. 5 Feb, 1918. Joined RNZAF July, 1940. No.486 (RNZAF) Sqn - 10/43 - 2/45 - Shot (brought) down*, 8-2-1945 - Tempest V EJ750 - Encountered flak near Verden and force-landed - Evaded, undercover for 2 months until overrun by the Canadian Army.

    The month of October (1943), saw the arrival of several replacement pilots including Flying Officers 'Dusty' Miller and Gibson Philp, and Flight Sergeants R Duff Bremner and 'Joe' Helean. Both Miller and Philp had seen action as Spitfire pilots over the bomb-cratered island of Malta, Miller having flown off the carrier 'Wasp" to join 126 Squadron on Luqa airfield. Before this Dusty has served an eight-month apprenticeship with 132 and 611 Squadrons.

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    Miller's Tempest was struck by debris from one of the blazing river craft he had attacked, and it was this that brought him down (p.218).

    See:
    The Wild Winds The History of Number 486 RNZAF Fighter Squadron with the RAF.
    Sortehaug,Paul
    Dunedin:Author,1998.

    See also: Aces High Volume 2/Shores/Grub Street,1999. p.232 - 7 V-1s destroyed.

    Col.
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    Default Re: Fl william lister smith drc (new zealand) rnzaf

    Roy,

    Your 'Smith' surname should read Miller, it seems, as there was no other surname with a matching William Lister bracket of given names in the WWII RNZAF.

    Cheers.
    Errol

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    Default Re: Fl william lister smith drc (new zealand) rnzaf

    Thank you Errol,
    I must have had brain fade to call him Smith.
    Best wishes,
    Roy.

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    Default Re: Fl william lister smith drc (new zealand) rnzaf

    Thanks Col again,
    Roy.

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    Default Re: Fl william lister smith drc (new zealand) rnzaf

    Likewise many thanks for his service number,
    Roy

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