MILLER William Anderson 415261

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant William Anderson MILLER

Service No: 415261
Born: Glasgow Scotland, 18 February 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 August 1941 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 102 Squadron (RAF), RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 102 Squadron Halifax aircraft JD276), UK, 3 October 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Pocklington Burial Ground, Yorkshire UK
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Anderson Miller and Annie Miller; husband of Edna Dawn Miller, of New Farm, Queensland, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Halifax JD276 took off from RAF Pocklington on the night of 2/3rd October 1943, detailed to carry out a night training exercise. On return to base the aircraft overshot the runway and while trying to go round again it crashed at 0030 hours and burst into flames near Hayton, 5 miles north west of Market Weighton, Yorkshire. All the crew were killed.

The crew members of JD276 were:

Sergeant Charles Ross Garrick (R/190537) (RCAF) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer Vincent Longmead Hyatt (1323940 (RAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Charles Thomas Lockwood (1040500) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant John Joseph McShane (1345092) (RAFVR) (Flight Engine)
Flight Sergeant William Anderson Miller (415261) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer Douglas William Graham Randall (905742) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Thomas Smith (649788) (RAF) (Mid Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/27/241