The second brother was named Richard Edward Miller, and he died on August 24, 1943 in China. Richard was a member of the 425 Bomb Sq. He was a navigator/bomb. aboard a B-24. We THINK that he might have also been a member 308 Bomb Group (Heavy), but we are "guessing" based on an article we read. According to records, the 308 Bomb Group had a fateful mission to Hankow, China on August 24, 1943 - a mission that resulted in 6 to the 7 bombers being shot down.
Fourteen B-24s -- seven from the 373rd Squadron based at Yangkai, and seven from the 425th Squadron (two of the four squadrons composing the 308th [Heavy] Bomb Group) at Kunming - took off on the morning of August 24 to bomb the aerodrome at Hankow. The planes of the 373rd were forced to turn back immediately after takeoff as the weather closed in, leaving the 425th aircraft to rendezvous with their fighter escort and proceed to the target.
About two or three minutes after delivering their bomb loads, the squadron was attacked by enemy fighters; during a running battle, four Liberators were shot down. Ship Number 849, "Cabin in the Sky" was hit; with one engine feathered and another knocked out, the wing ablaze, observers stated that they saw three men parachute from the burning aircraft.
The Group History lists "2nd Lt. R.E. Miller" among the 10-man crew as the navigator of Ship No. 849, "Cabin in the Sky" -- B-24D serial 42-40849 piloted by 1st Lt. D.E. Holder, who along with co-pilot 2nd Lt. G.W. Mosall were the only two to escape the burning plane, returning to Kunming more than two weeks later.
Only one plane returned to Kunming after the mission, leading commanders to believe that six aircraft were lost. One plane was forced to land at Hengyeng to attend to injured crewmen, and two landed at Kweilin; tragically one of these was lost the next day as it crashed while returning to Kunming, killing most the crew and destroying the interrogation records of the previous day's mission.