Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O M J Miley

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Miles John Miley was the elder son of Group Captain AJ Miley OBE, Air Attache in Buenos Aires in September 1940. He was born in 1918 and educated at Sherborne School. He entered RAF College, Cranwell in September 1936 as a Flight Cadet. On graduation in July 1938 he joined 25 Squadron at Hawkinge. Miley was still with the squadron in early July 1940. He was attached to the Air Fighting Development Unit at Northolt on 15th August.



In the early evening of 15th September 1940 Miley was flying as a passenger in Beaufighter R2067 from North Weald, with F/O HMS Lambert as pilot and LAC JP Wyatt as crew. The aircraft crashed near Kenley aerodrome at 6.20 pm and all three men on board were killed. It has never been established whether the crash was an accident or the result of enemy action. On that day Feldwebel Neuhoff of JG53 claimed a Blenheim destroyed but none was reported lost on the 15th. It is possible that he may have mistaken the Beaufighter for a Blenheim, if indeed he did shoot it down.

Miley was 22. He is buried in St Andrew’s churchyard, North Weald, Essex.


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