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George Dean Miller

Military

Served as a Radio Operator on several B-17s assigned to 303BG/427BS. 303BG records do not indicate when he was assigned to a crew in the United States or when he might have arrived at Molesworth. It is possible that he was only used as an alternate RO when the regular RO assigned to the aircraft was not available. He would have been assigned to ground duties as a regular assignment.

4-Feb-43 Shot down in B-17F #41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS while serving as a substitute Radio Operator. The mission target was Osnabruck, Germany, but crew reported guns didn't work so crew turned back. Fighters attacked and Cpt Cole crash landed in the Waddenzee, Holland. Plane broke in two in contact with the water. Surviving crew, including TSGT Miller, were pulled from the water by the Dutch fishermen and then turned over to the Germans and became Prisoners of War (POW).

Participated in 7 Operations (2 were aborted) See Biography events.

Service

People

  • Lloyd Cole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    1-May-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 22-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot of 41-24569 [GN-V] "Memphis Tot" 303BG/427BS. ...

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24569 Memphis Tot

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot: [GN:V] was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-W] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24584 Susfu

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F #41-24584 "Susfu" was assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-Q] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; Missing in Action 23-Jan-43 while on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Attacked by German FW-190 fighters and crashed at...

  • 41-24619 S-for-Sugar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-S] Bangor 5-Oct-42; Molesworth 25-Oct-42; 52m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11-Jan- 44 with Tom Simmons, Co-pilot: Fred Reichel, Navigator: Bill Clyatt, Bombardier: Dick Vaughan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Orafino, NB 8 February 1916
Mission #1, SSGT Gordon D. Miller, w/B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942

Served as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2, SSGT Gordon D. Miller, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #3, SSGT Gordon D. Miller, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4, SSGT Gordon D. Miller, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lille, France 13 January 1943

Served as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #5, SSGT Gordon D. Miller, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Mission #6, SSGT Gordon D. Miller, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - Aborted Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943

Served as substitute Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Severe cold and weather forced Wing Command to recall the formation. RTB OK.

Mission #7, SSGT Gordon D. Miller, w/B-17F 41-24569, 303BG/427BS - POW Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943

Served as substitute Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24569 "Memphis Tot", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas of Osnabruck, Germany. Pilot was forced to turn back becaus of frozen guns and the aircraft was attacked by German fighters over Holland. The pilot crashlanded on the ebach of the Waddenzee and he was captured as a Prisoner of War. (POW)

Prisoner of War Krems an der Donau, Austria 4 February 1943 – 15 April 1945

Held as Stalag 17B Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems) Austria until liberated by US forces 15-Apr-45>

Last Report Date (Discharged) 10 August 1945

Discharged on 10-Aug-1945 in the United States.

Died 20 October 1997

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2020 15:51:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to nickname, awards and events
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://303rdbg.com/rost-m.html#M / widow, Frances Miller; MACR 15348, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 73, 303rd web site mission report.

Lee Cunningham 28-Jan-2015 Added NOTE to Biography for COMBINATION of adat from duplicate entry of Paul Andrews Project Bit and Pieced, added decorations per those described in original Biography ingest data.

Lee Cunningham 28-Jan-2015. Added decoration and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; corrected SN per MACR 15348; made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position to Biography per 303rd Bomb Group website record, historian, Gary Moncur.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2020 22:23:12 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Added the words "Possible DUPLICATE" in the nickname field so an admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2020 21:56:59 jmoore43 Changes to firstname, service number and highest rank
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Changed first name to George from Gordon per MACR 15348. Also changed S/N and rank per MACR 15348.

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2020 21:48:10 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2019 20:08:06 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
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Added a connection to Lloyd R. Cole, the pilot of A/C 41-24569.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 19:46:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2016. Added Last Report Date event per NARA WWII POW database records.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 19:44:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2016. Added POW event per NARA WWII POW database records.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 19:41:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 19:37:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 2-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/013.pdf

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 19:33:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
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Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2016. Added particiations statement to Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2016 19:29:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2016. Added loss details to Summary Biography per "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 18:35:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 18:32:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 18:28:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 18:26:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 18:23:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 18:19:31 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 18:15:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
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Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2016. Correcting typo in Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2016 00:01:29 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 17-Jan-2016. Added New Person entry per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Personnel records: http://www.303rdbg.com/

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