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Clayton Louis Miller

Military

Clayton Miller served as a Ball Turret gunner with the 458th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 25 April 1944 in B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character". 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.

Service

People

  • Robert Behrens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Evaded with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. After landing near Ponthion, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different places. After...

  • Charles Bieber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Charles Bieber was Bombardier on board B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down by fighters on 25 April 1944. He bailed out at about 6000ft, but his parachute didn't open and his remains were found in the debris of the Liberator near...

  • John Combs

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Prisoner of War (POW). Ended his military career as a Colonel in the US Air Force.

  • Eugene Hoag

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Eugene Hoag was Navigator on B-24 #42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down 25 April 1944 over France. After landing near the crash site near Ponthion (Marne Department), France, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different...

  • Richard McCarthy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Richard McCarthy was Tail Gunner on board B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", hit by German fighters on 25 April 1944. After bailing out, his chute got entangled in either a wing or the tail of the Liberator and Richard went down with the...

  • Anthony McKeon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Anthony McKeon was Top Turret gunner on B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down by fighters over France on 25 April 1944. After landing in parachute near Ponthion (Marne Department), France, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported...

  • Charles Roof

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Evaded with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. After landing near Ponthion, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different places. He...

  • Harold Tamboer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Harold (“Harry”) Tamboer was born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey. After attending School 5 on Valley Road and Clifton High School, he worked in North Bergen before entering the service in September 1942. He had his training at Seymour Johnson Field,...

  • Joseph Wagner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Joseph (Joe) Wagner was Right Waist gunner on B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character". Shot down 25 April 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-52335 Admirable Little Character

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by FW190 fighters, crashed near Ponthion, ±15km NE of Vitry-le-François, Marne Department, France. Pilot John H. Combs Jr (POW); Co-Pilot Charles W. Roof (EVD); Navigator Eugene M. Hoag (EVD); Bombardier Charles G. Bieber (KIA); Radio Operator...

Missions

  • 317A

    25 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 20 April 1919

Corson, Corson County, South Dakota, United States, the son of Louis F. and Mable Miller

Lived in 1942

Morristown, Corson County, South Dakota

Based 1944 – 24 April 1944

at Horsham St Faith, Station 123, Norfolk

Buried 1944

after the liberation of the area, he was re-buried in the Temporary American Cemetery #3515 at Champigneul-Champagne, SW of Reims, France

Killed In Action (KIA) 25 April 1944

Killed by fighter shells on board, his charred remains were found, in the debris of B-24 # 42-52335 in Ponthion, France

Buried 26 April 1944

as unidentified, most probably in the cemetery of Brusson, a small village next to Ponthion

Buried 1945

at the Temporary American Cemetery in Epinal, France

Buried

after the war, his remains were brought back to the USA, where they rest at the cemetery in Morristown, Corson County, South Dakota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2020 13:40:48 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 4342
WWII Draft Card
WWII South Dakota, Corson County casualties : https://nara-media-001.s3.amazonaws.com/arcmedia/media/images/29/18/29-1...
KU-1639 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139546559
www.458bg.com
http://www.angelfire.com/sd2/corsoncounty/WW_11_1944_.html

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 13:54:19 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, person associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 4342

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

Date of birth and Army Service Number: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=miller&GSfn=clayto...

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

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
Sources

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 &

href="http://www.458bg.com/crew44combs.htm">http://www.458bg.com/crew44combs.htm> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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