Do you have any additional information on your cousin? Name, DOB, place of birth.
1st Howard Preston Miller.
4th FI group
shot down 22jun1951
one record says he was shot down by a mig.
another comment said he was shot down by friendly fire.
just trying to see what really happened.
born aug 29, 1928
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Here is some information. Also you could inquire to the following.
World War II Army Air Force and Air Force accident reports up to 1955 are in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424. You may wish to contact them directly to see if they can offer you any further assistance.
Here is where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55233852/howard-p.-miller
Name: Howard Preston Miller Jr Birth Date: 29 Aug 1928 Gender: Male Race: Caucasian (White) Home City: Berkeley Home State: California Citizen Status: US Citizen Death Date: 14 Oct 1953 Processed Date: Nov 1976 Casualty Country: Korea Casualty Type: Hostile - Died while captured/interned Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot Service Branch: US Air Force Component: Reserve (USAR, USNR, USAFR, USMCR, USCGR) Rank: 1st Lieutenant Pay Grade: First Lieutenant (U.S. Army, Us. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps) Or Lieutenant Junior Grade (U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard)
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If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your cousin’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Air Force who were separated from the service after 1946 and before 1960 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Files, created ca. 2001 - 3/16/2009, documenting the period 6/28/1950 - 12/31/2006 in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Record Group 330) that includes one file for Miller, Howard Preston Jr.. The series Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Extract Files, created ca. 2001 - 4/29/2008, documenting the period 6/28/1950 - 5/28/2006 in Record Group 330 contains one file for Miller, Howard Preston Jr. as well. We also located the Records of Military Personnel Who Died as a Result of Hostilities During the Korean War, created ca. 1977 - 11/1979, documenting the period 1/1/1950 - 2/7/1957 in Record Group 330 that contains one file related to Miller, Howard Preston Jr. You may use the information from these files when requesting your cousin’s OMPF.
Next, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Award Cards, 1942-1963 for the U.S. Army Air Force/Air Force that includes an Air Medal Decoration card for Miller, Howard P. Jr. (see image 395). These records are digitized and available using the Catalog. For the location of the general order cited on the card, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located the series Korean War Crimes Case Files, 1952-1957 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) that may include a case file for Howard Miller. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact RDT2.
In addition, U.S. Air Force (including Army Air Corps) Individual Deceased Personnel Files (IDPFs) from 1940-1973 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com.
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Finally, we searched the Air Force History index to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) microfilm and located 1 file that pertains to the 336 Fighter Interceptor Squadron and 3 files for the 4th Fighter Interceptor Group for 1951. Please read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. Since the reel numbers begin with M, the original paper copy from which the film was created is still in the custody of AFHRA and has been declassified. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page. If there is no IRISREF information, only AFHRA has the records.
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