43-23423         P40

 

On 5 July 1944 a P-40N, # 43-23420, assigned to 14th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a ferry flight to Kunming, China. It was last seen at about 0642 Zulu by other flight members 30 minutes after departure. The pilot was Capt. Frank H. Miller, # 0-435094. Two other P-40s went missing on this flight.

 

MILLER, FRANK HARVEY, III, Captain, # 0-435094, USAAF

 

Frank H. Miller III was born on 8 December 1917 in Montogomery, Alabama to Frank H. Miller Jr. (1867-1945) (Augusta, GA) and Edith Gayle (Turner) Miller (1887-1962) (Alabama). Siblings included Gayle Harvey Miller (1920-1944), Julian Lamar Miller (1910-    ), and Beverly Edith Miller (1935-1946). His father, the Alabama Journal publisher since 1903, for twenty years, died at age 79 years. He had retired in 1923. He had owned an interest in The Birmingham-Age Herald where he had served as city editor. He graduated from the Episcopal High School at Alexandria, VA, and the University of the South, Sewanee and moved to Alabama in 1900. He bought part interest in The Birmingham Herald, becoming city editor.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, resided at 1302 S. Hull St., Montgomery, Alabama, and described himself as 5’11”, 165 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India toward China. On 5 July 1944 a P-40N, # 43-23423, assigned to 14th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron, 16th Fighter Squadron Detachment, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a ferry flight to Kunming, China. It was last seen at about 0642 Zulu by other flight members 30 minutes after departure. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Greenwood Cemetery, Montogomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama.

 

A brother, Gayle H. Miller, born 9 March 1920, served in the USAAF, First Lieutenant, was killed in action 16 August 1944. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama. He graduated from Starke High School and the University of Alabama (1941).  He first saw action right after graduation in the Southwest Pacific theater from June 1942 to March 1943. He returned to the U.S. for pilot training. 1stLt Miller was reported MIA over Germany 16 August 1944. The pilot of a B-24 Liberator had been sent overseas to the European theater in June 1944. It was reported that he was previously able to fly his seriously damaged B-24, nick-named “Midnight Choo Choo,” and limped back to England. Nazi anti-aircraft scored a direct hit while the B-24 was over its target. There was severe damage to aileron control cables and after turning for England, the crew chief/engineer, Sgt. James M. Marshall, of Hermiston, Oregon, made temporary repairs in flight which let them get to England and land without further mishap. 2ndLt James W. Abell, navigator, of Chicago, Illinois, was blinded by the spray of hydraulic fluid, managed to direct 1stLt Miller on its homeward flight. On 26 October 1944, the War Department, reported that 1stLt Miller had been killed in action, MIA since 16 August 1944.