New England Air Museum
Delbert W. "Buck" Miller
Recent Address:   Dupree, SD
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:  
Bomb Group:   40th
Squadron:   44th
Location of Unit:    
Missions Flown:    
Hump Missions Flown:    
Flew missions over Manchuria, China, Burma, Thailand, French Indo-China, Malay Peninsula Japan, and Honshu
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.
Mr. Miller passed away January 5, 1984. He is buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.


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