MILLER – Bruce Fitzgerald Henry

1383411 – B.F.H. Miller – Barbados – Ach/Observer – attested 31.12.40 158294 – P/O – D.F. 22.10.43

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]

Name: MILLER, BRUCE FITZGERALD HENRY
Initials: B F H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Nav.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 103 Sqdn.
Date of Death: 22/10/1943
Service No: 158294
Awards: DFC
Additional information: Husband of Helen Elizabeth Miller, of Sawley, Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial
Reference: 16. E. 9.
Cemetery: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY

Lancaster LM314 Mission to Kassel T/O 18.00 from Elsham Wolds. Crashed at Rischenau, 9 km SSE of Lügde.
W/O K R Lee DFC
F/L P J Blurton DFC (P2)
Sgt M Sheedy P/O B F H Miller DFC
Sgt D Adams
Sgt C W Gray
Sgt C L Spink
F/Sgt G G Sveinson RCAF DFC
LG’d 28th March, 1944 Pilot Officer Bruce Fitzgerald Henry MILLER (158294), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 103 Squadron, with effect from 17th October, 1943

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

Bruce Miller DFC was navigator in Ken Lee’s crew in 103 Squadron RAF and was killed in 1943.

103 Squadron Lee crew with Bruce Miller

[Source/Photo copyright: David Fell/ 103 Squadron Website - more pictures there]

Back row: C.P. King, J.S. Partridge, A.A. Walrond, J.L.L. Yearwood, M.R. Cuke, E.W. Barrow - Front row: G.D. Cumberbatch, A.P.C. Dunlop, H.E.S. Worme, G.A. Barrow, A.O. Weekes, B.F.H. Miller.

 

 

 

The Barbados Second Contingent Back row: C.P. King, J.S. Partridge, A.A. Walrond, J.L.L. Yearwood, M.R. Cuke, E.W. Barrow – Front row: G.D. Cumberbatch, A.P.C. Dunlop, H.E.S. Worme, G.A. Barrow, A.O. Weekes, B.F.H. Miller. Subsequently killed were: Sgt. Charles Parnell King, Sgt. Arthur Adolphus Walrond, Pilot Mark Radford Cuke, Sgt. Grey Doyle Cumberbatch, Flying Officer Andrew P.C. Dunlop, Pilot Officer Bruce F.H. Miller The First Contingent, the Harold Wright Contingent as is became known, sailed 27th July 1940 and was recruited for the forces generally. However, the Second Contingent were recruited for the RAF and departed Barbados in November 1940. The 12 men selected included Errol W. Barrow, who would survive the war, enter politics and eventually become Barbados’ first Prime Minister (1966-1976) [Source: Barbados at War 1939-1945 by Warren Alleyne, privately published 1999, p.9] In 2008 the Barbados Postal Service issued a set of stamps commemorating their men who served in the Royal Air Force in WW2. More »

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