MILLER, JIM E., First Lieutenant, # 0-674792, USAAF
Jim E. Miller was born on 13 April 1920 in Ohio to James Warren Miller (1888- ) (WVA) and Lorena May (Fee) Miller (1884-1969) (OH) (married 30 September 1908 in Gallia, OH). Siblings included Charles Warren Miller (1909-1981), Wayne Elmer Miller (1912-1955), Paul Lawrence Miller (1913- ), Eleanor J. (Miller) Canterbury (1917-1962), William Carroll Miller (1923-2006), Loren Fee Miller (1925-1980), and Cathryn Ann Miller. He was married to Janet (Scott) Miller on 23 May 1942 in Flint, Genesee Co., Michigan.
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as a bombardier on the B-29 Superfortress, earned his commission and wings, and sent overseas to the China-Burma-India theater of war. On 1 February 1945 a B-29, “Calamity Jane,” # 42-24589, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on a combat bombing mission over Singapore. The B-29 was last seen by 1stLt Ralph S. Braley, 0-169921, to have been hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, its # 3 engine was on fire, and it ditched southwest of Singapore. 1stLt Miller was the bombardier. Information was that the B-29 crashed near Mandai Village, 34 miles north of Singapore but this was a different crash, reported to have crashed 15 days before this B-29. Contact was made with these organizations to try to find those lost: U.S. War Crimes, Singapore; Air Jungle Rescue; Force 136 and ‘E’ Group; British Naval Intelligence; Japanese Army Liaison Officer; Japanese Naval Headquarters; British Military Administration; Singapore and Johore Bahru; Dutch Liaison Office and Resident of the Riouw Archipellage; Singapore Marine Police; employees of the English language newspaper printed in Johore during the Japanese occupation; Chinese Affairs Officer in Johore Bahru. None provided information. Except for 2 other B-29 crashes and personnel recovered from them, no other USAAF personnel were aided or evacuated by guerillas or Force 136. Those aboard are classified as missing in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His brother, Charles W. Miller, born 28 June 1909, served in the U.S. Army from 13 July 1943 to 13 November 1945. He died 3 June 1981, in Sarasota, Sarasota Co., Florida.