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Lancaster LL801 LS-J

15 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  27 avril 1944
  Mission :  Friedrichshafen (All.)
                                       
        Décollage :  Mildenhall à 21:44
     
        Causes du crash :  Abattu par la chasse de nuit
     
        Lieu du crash : 
Schoenau (67)      
                                       
Sgt Alfred BEAZLEY-LONG RAF VR 1805067 POW  
F/Sgt Wilbert CULLY RAF VR 1348049 KIA  
Sgt John Gordon EASTMAN RAF VR 1586348 KIA  
F/Sgt Arthur MATHEWS RAF VR 1387793 KIA  
F/Sgt George MEAD RAF VR 1388193 POW  
F/Lt Leonard Alfred MILLER RAF VR 169725 EVA Distinguished Flying Cross
Sgt Robert WATSON RAF VR 1822226 KIA  
                                       
Distinguished Flying Cross
Pilot Officer Leonard Alfred MILLER (169725), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 15 Squadron.
This officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in January, 1944. Early on the outward flight some important equipment became unserviceable. Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Miller continued to the target and successfully bombed it. Soon afterwards, the aircraft was intercepted by 2 fighters which attacked simultaneously. In the ensuing flight, Pilot Officer Miller manoeuvred with great skill to assist his gunners, who shot down one of the attackers. The bomber has been repeatedly hit, however, and sustained much damage. In spite of this, Pilot Officer Miller flew the aircraft to base. This officer displayed great skill, courage and determination throughout.
FIFTH SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE of FRIDAY, the 18th of FEBRUARY, 1944.