670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Robert Lee Miller

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  18163422

Killed In Action - Sep 29, 1944

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)

WWII-Medal

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  Born: 25-Jan-1925, Oklahoma

Entered Military Service: Date: 15-Dec-1942 At: Tulsa, OK From: Okmulgee County, Oklahoma
NARA Enlistment Record: Enlisted Serial # 18163422

Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore, Oklahoma, Plot: AA.-7.-L1.-1E

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The plane flown by Lt. Nordstrom took a direct hit and the airplane exploded, breaking in half. Only one chute emerged, that of Ssgt Gossett.
The following is from a posting by Sam Thompson of Evening Shade, Arkansas on the Aviation Enthusiasts Corner web site:

"My first cousin, Robert Miller, was shot down over Germany Sept. 29, 1944 in an A-20. He was missing until some time in 1946. His body and that of one other crew member was found in a German cemetery after the war. One crew member parachuted and became a pow. My aunt gave me all the papers relating to Robert and pictures of the crew. He was returned in 1949 and buried at Claremore, OK. I went to the funeral. His biological father had Robert returned.I believe his father was N. Jackson Miller. My uncle, Hurley Barnett, was Robert's step father. I was younger but knew Robert well before the war. And saw the agony on Aunt Thelma's face while her son was missing. Her only child. I think Robert was called a gunner/engineer. The pilot was killed, too. Identified in 1946 by numbers on shorts. Robert was in the 1943 class of Muskogee Central High School. He trained in Miss."



Notes:
A/C Last Sighted and was Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Aircraft received direct hit over target area, exploded and broke in half.

Description:
Moderate to intense flak at the target cost us two planes, both flown by our original crews from the States. A direct hit in the tunnel gunner's hatch of Lt Arthur W. Nordsrom's plane broke it in the middle. As the plane fell in the target area, one parachute was seen. ... Lt Nordstrom's gunners were Staff Sergeants Joseph D. Gossett and Robert L. Miller.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 9273 and Mission # 148




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