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Loring Corwin Miller


Loring Miller was serving as a Right Waist Gunner on B-17 Serial 42-3455 on the 17 August 1943 mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. Wounded by a shell fragment that punctured his lung from a direct flak hit to the plane, he refused to leave his gun until the pilot ordered first aid administered to him. His gallantry won him the Silver Star. His Silver Star citation reads : "LORING CORWIN MILLER,39840477, Staff Sergeant, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For gallantry in action, while serving as right waist gunner of a B-17 airplane on a bombing mission over Germany, 17 August 1943. Prior to reaching the target, Sergeant Miller was seriously wounded and knocked down when his aircraft sustained a direct flak hit. Though suffering severe pain, he courageously returned to his gun and assisted in fighting off determined attacks by enemy fighters. Refusing help, he remained at his gun until the pilot ordered the radio operator to administer first aid to him. The gallantry and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Miller on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Home address: Stockton, California."

SS/ PH/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster



  • Philip Algar

    Military | Major | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Flew 25 combat missions with the 384th bombardment Group from 22-Jun-43 to 4-Mar-44. Detached service (DS) with 1st Scouting Force. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF flying Elint Droopsnoot P-38 lightning [gathering Electronic Intelligence].

  • Frank Celentano

    Military | Captain | 384th Bomb Group

  • Francis Gerow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Roland Laviolette

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Casmer Majewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • James McClanahan

    Military | Major | Bombardier; Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Original crew of 384th on activation in 1942, Boise, Idaho. Squadron Bombardier & lead crew -- Pilot Phil Algar. Flew the August 17, 1943 and the October 14, 1943 missions. [Schweinfurt] Led Group on Black Thursday (October 14, 1943. ) Awarded DFC...

  • Kenneth McKay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Schimenek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Photographer | 384th Bomb Group
    25 missions, including both Schweinfurt missions. Was on the 17 August 1943 one, on board 42-3455 and was wounded. Also flew on B-17 #42-30026 'Battlewagon. ' [Documents attached to database form. ] AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC/ PH

  • Richard Wolf

    Military | First Lieutenant | 384th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...


  • 42-3455 Lucky Thirteen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/43; Dow 28/7/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-M] Grafton Underwood 11/8/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Russ Faulkner, Bombardier: Harry Hawes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oscar Hamblin (3 evaded capture), Co...


  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born 11 May 1913

Merced County, California

Lived in 1942

Stockton, San Joaquin County, California

Enlisted 20 May 1942

San Francisco, California


Date Contributor Update
06 February 2019 07:50:47 ED-BB Changes to person associations

Added names of crew aboard 42-3455 on the 17 August 1943 mission to Schweinfurt

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2019 12:17:40 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

NARA WWII Enlistment records
"Heritage of Valor" by Colonel Budd J. Peaslee (J. B. Lippincott Cy, 1964 - page 183

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Whos Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45 Heritage of Valor, p. 183,