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Harvey M. Miller Jr.

Military

Harvey "Bill" Miller was from Franklin County, Missouri. He was born January 6, 1911. He was a left waist gunner of the Onda Ball B-17 Flying Fortress. He participated in several bombing runs on strategic targets during his enlistment. He was a Staff Sergeant during his time with the crew of the Onda Ball.

Miller was captured by Germans after his B-17 "Onda Ball" was shot over Schweinfurt while on a bombing mission of a ball bearing factory. This day was known as "Black Thursday" because 77 bombers were destroyed. Miller was held captive at Stalag XVII-B near Krems, Austria. He and the surviving prisoners would have been killed by the German soldiers, but the soldiers ignored the order because the war was almost over. They were instead marched to another POW camp where they were liberated by marching Americans.

Miller later returned home and became the longest serving sheriff in the history of Franklin County, Missouri. He had a nice piece of land in rural Franklin County outside of St. Clair. The property was frequently call the Mount Hope Farm. He lived next door to family. He insisted that everyone who lived on both pieces of land be able to defend themselves with firearms due to the many threats he received from those whom he had arrested and sent to jail. He taught everyone how to shoot and survive.

He married Marvella and they lived together until he passed away at his home in rural Franklin County on October 20, 1991. He was buried across the road at the Mount Hope Cemetery.

Service

Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-6096 Onda Ball

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 20/7/43; Cheyenne 23/7/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-W] Polebrook 22/9/43; 4m Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Oliver Crismon, Co-pilot: Malcolm Higgins, Navigator: Walt Moriarty, Bombardier: Jim Billett...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, Missouri, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems, Austria 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2015 05:46:05 mtyaworski Changes to unit associations
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31 December 2015 05:44:00 mtyaworski Changes to unit associations
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31 December 2015 04:46:56 mtyaworski Changes to media associations
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31 December 2015 04:36:51 mtyaworski Changes to biography
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31 December 2015 04:33:25 mtyaworski Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
31 December 2015 04:10:38 mtyaworski Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, nickname and service number
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Great nephew

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:32 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 1036 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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