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Milton Jameson Mills Jr

Military

Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29963. Evaded capture, helped by French citizens and evasion networks. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1977 - Escape & Evasion Report E&E 689 ( https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555329 ).

Service

People

  • Glenn Camp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jarvis Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Initially evaded, helped by the Belgian COMET evasion network. Arrested on his way to Spain in a train from Paris to Bordeaux, 6 May 1944. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. See his...

  • Robert Cross

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Donaldson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    On 30 December 1943, flak over Ludwigshaven knocked out engine of B-17 #4229963. Subsequent fighter attack at lower altitude. Parachuted area of Bonvilliers. Evaded (EVD).

  • Douglas Farr

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Evaded.

  • Joseph Fitzgerald

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Giersch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Neelan Parker

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Evaded.

  • Marcus Pierce

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4229963. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29963 Judy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-I] Kimbolton 11/6/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Pilot Glenn E. Camp Jr (EVD-POW); Navigator: Jarvis H. Cooper (EVD-POW);...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born 22 April 1923

Huntington, West Virginia

Lived in 1942

Kenova, Wayne County, West Virginia

Enlisted 25 January 1943

Huntington, West Virginia

bailed out of 30 December 1943

from B-17 42-29963 over France

evaded capture 30 December 1943 – May 1944

with the help of French citizens and Résistance organizations. Back in UK on 30 May 1944.

Buried 2008

Milton Mills rests at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Kenova, West Virginia.

Died 15 April 2008

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2019 14:36:06 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1977
NARA WWII Enlistment records database
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 689

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1977; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 290

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