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Clayton L Miller


Clayton Miller served as a ball turrent gunner with the 458th Bomb Group.
He was shot down on 25 April 1944 in B-24 (serial number 42-52335), nicknamed 'Admirable Little Character' and was Killed in Action (KIA).

An obituary published in his home town records that he was 'the first Morristown boy to lose his life on the battlefield'. One of Clayton's high school friends, Loran C. Young, kept this clipping along with a letter from Clayton in amongst his papers right up until his own death in 2012.


Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron



  • 317A

    25 April 1944


Event Location Date
Born Morristown, South Dakota, USA 20 April 1919
Based Horsham St Faith 1944 – 24 April 1944
Killed in Action (KIA) France 25 April 1944
Died 25 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 10:21:45 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and mission associations

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Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 10:06:55 Lucy May Changes to biography, awards and events

Diane Young Holliday says of Clayton Miller: 'He was a high school friend of my father, Loran C. Young (who served in North Africa and Italy). My Dad, through the years, would occasionally mention two of his high school friends who had died in the war, always with tears in his eyes. Clayton was one of these friends. After my Dad died in 2012, I went through his papers and found an envelope with a December 30, 1943, letter from Clayton and an obituary that included his photo. We came across your website a couple of weeks ago and I think my Dad would have wanted to honor Clayton by posting this on your website. '

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4342 / MACR 4342 & Page 279 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 &

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