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    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
    MILLER, REGINALD ALFRED
    Rank:Flight Lieutenant
    Trade:Pilot
    Service No:123201
    Date of Death:26/04/1945
    Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Awards: DFC & bar
    Grave Reference: 5. F. 2. Cemetery: KLAGENFURT WAR CEMETER

    Publication Date 24 October 1944
    The London Gazette, Issue 36767, Page 4924
    Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Flight Lieutenant Reginald Arthur MILLER DFC (123201) RAFVR 604 Sqn.
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Pilot Officer Peter CATCHPOLE (179137) RAFVR 604 Sqn.
    These officers have completed very many sorties in the role of pilot and observer respectively. They have displayed a high degree of skill and resolution and have destroyed 3 enemy" aircraft at night. Pilot Officer Catchpole has also assisted in the destruction of another enemy aircraft.

    Publication Date 16 February 1943
    The London Gazette, Supplement 35911, Page 883
    Pilot Officer Reginald Arthur MILLER (123201) RAFVR 89 Sqn.
    Pilot Officer Francis Joseph TEARLE (123198) RAFVR 89 Sqn.
    Pilot Officers Miller and Tearle -have flown together, as pilot and observer respectively, on numerous night operations. They have destroyed 4 enemy aircraft and inflicted damage on 3 enemy E-boats. They have both displayed courage and skill of a high order.

    Publication Date 5 February 1943
    The London Gazette, Supplement 35894, Page 706
    Amendments.
    In notifn. 30th June 1942 (p. 2879, col. 2)' concerning
    Reginald Arthur MILLER" (123201) for Arthur read Alfred

    Publication Date 30 June 1942
    The London Gazette, Issue 35615, Page 2879
    To be Pit. Offs on prob. (emergency):
    F/Sgt 928613 Reginald Arthur MILLER (123201) 28th May 1942.

    Regards Pavel

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    Thank you so much!

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    Reginald Alfred Miller. Dunster Cottage south Road Sully near Penarth. Glamorgan.

    Thats the address given for him in the probate calender on Ancestry.com.

    His estate was left to a Sybil Mary Draper. Widow of Arthur Benjamin Draper
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    That fits. I know his sister was named Sybil and the family---my grandmother was Miller's aunt--were from the Penarth area.

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    Hi
    Mosquito RS579 of Night Fighter Development Wing crashed near Klagenfurt. Gives the name of the pilot F/Lt Reginald Alfred MILLER DFC (123201) but does not give navigator's name.
    Could F/Lt Sydney Henry John ELLIOTT (115214) possibly have been navigator (R/N) ?
    Thanks alot for any information.
    Regards, Pavel

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 Sqn View Post
    Hi
    Who navigator Mosquito RS579 FB.IV (pilot F/Lt Reginald Arthur Miller) of the Night Fighter Development Wing, shot down by flak over Austria on 26/27 April 1945.?
    Navigator POW?
    Kind Regard Pavel
    Hello,

    Miller's navigator on 26/27th April, 1945, was F/O William "Bill" BARCLAY*. Barclay baled out wounded at about 3,000-4,000 ft and spent a short time on the run, but had to seek medical treatment for his wounded right arm. He surrendered to enemy troops and was given treatment and hospilatized until released a fortnight later by the Americans.

    See:
    Mosquito Mayhem:de Havilland's Wooden Wonder in Action in WWII.
    Bowman,Martin W.
    Barnsley:Leo Cooper,2010.
    pp.247-250 & 253-4

    * Possibly, 1078500/(182193) RAFVR.

    Col.
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    Thank you very much!
    Pavel

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    Default 123201 Miller - Forename confusion etc. Was he ever in Malta?

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    Two points about this... [1] I recall that you are not the first person to raise the issue of Alfred / Arthur confusion; don't give up on this. [2] My interest is establishing whether this pilot, when still a Sgt, was in Malta in March 1942 flying Beaufighters with a navigator having the surname TEARLE. If so, with what unit? The obvious answer seems to be 1435 NFF, but where are the Forms 541 for 1435 prior to July 1942, that is to say prior to 1435 attaining squadron status?

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    Hello,

    Reginald Arthur MILLER, has a lengthy entry in Shores and Williams', Aces High (pp.444-5). His Radio Operator was 123198 P/O Francis Joseph TEARLE DFC, both of 1435 Flight.

    No.1435 Flight. Formed 4.12.41 at Ta Kali by redesignating the Malta Night Fighter Unit with Beaufighter IIs and Hurricanes for night fighter duties; disbanded 6.42. (operated as 'C' Flight of No.89 Sqn for a while).

    Col.

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