Location:
36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley Int'l Airport,
Windsor Locks,CT 06096
N 41d 56' 512" W 72d 41' 36"  
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Hours:
Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone (860) 623-3305

Admission:
Adults 12 & Up $12.00
Children 4-11 $6.50
3 & Under Free
Seniors 65 & Up $11.00

New England Air Museum
Delbert W. "Buck" Miller
 
Recent Address:   Dupree, SD
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: Walter and Eliza; Wife: Eva; Children: Sally, Sue, Janie, and Mary
 
Hometown:   Dupree, SD
 
Date Entered Service:   April 18, 1943
 
Service Number:  
O-777906
 
Bomb Group:   40th
 
Squadron:   44th
 
Location of Unit:    
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:  
Flew missions over Manchuria, China, Burma, Thailand, French Indo-China, Malay Peninsula Japan, and Honshu
 
Awards/Decorations:  
Victory Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, and the American Theater Medal.
 
Service Schools Attended:   Flight training, Gunnery and Advanced Bombardier courses in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Class 44-7 Bombardiers at Kirtland Army Air Field, NM
 
Military Specialty(ies):   Bombardier
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lieutenant
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:  
42-63538, Winged Victory II as part of Andrew Papson's crew
 
Were you a POW?   Yes
If so, where?   Omori POW camp
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:    
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
He was given the name "Flying Eagle" by the Sioux.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
His plane was shot down May 26, 1945 over Tokyo by flak. He parachuted out of a window. When he was captured, the Japanese civilians put a noose around his neck ready to hang him, but the Japanese soldiers saved him. He was a prisoner of war at the Omori POW Camp, Japan, for 3 months and 3 days. He was rescued when the United States Navy entered Tokyo on August 29, 1945.
 
Comments:
Mr. Miller passed away January 5, 1984. He is buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

 


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