MILLER, WARD, Sergeant, # 11079089, USAAF
Ward Miller was born on 11 November 1921 in New York, New York to John Miller (1892-1951) (born Cohocton, NY) and Katherine Helen (Degnan) Miller (1891- ). A sister was Dorothy (Miller) Ostrom (1919-2006). In 1940, Katherine’s sister, Anne Degnan (1892- ) was living with them. He attended Yale Universiy, a member of Beta Theta Pi in 1943.
He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, residing in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, and described himself as 5’8”, 130 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on 10 February 1943, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfor-tress. On 4 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-6370, “Lethal Lady,” assigned to 20th Air Force, the 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, one of fifty-three B-29s, departed the airfield at Khargpur, India, on a bombing mission to Singapore Naval Base. 1stLt Eigler was the co-pilot. 1stLt Peterson was the radar operator. Sgt. Glibbon was the radio operator. Sgt. Miller was senior gunner. The B-29 was returning to its base when it crashed into the Bay of Bengal (MACR 9577). The pilot of B-29, # 42-6582, of the 40th Bomb Group, saw the crash. SSgt Albert G. Seekatz, 37494507, had the last radio contact. Searches for the wreckage and any survivors were conducted by four aircraft and one Catalina aircraft, sweep searching the area of the crash. No crewmen were found. Airmen in B-29, 42-6582, 40th Bomb Group, at 2030 Zulu, saw a B-29 explode and crash into the Bay of Bengal at 11º 17’ N - 94º 14’ E, near the Andaman Islands.