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William Lister Miller

Group, WW2, RNZAF, 7 pilots from 486 Squadron standing with a tempest in winter. Image from Lee Melles collection. Caption from Sortehaug., P. (1998). p.196. Left to right: Cornelius James (Jim) Sheddan, William Alan Liddell (Bill) Trott, Brian John O' Connor, Arthur Ernest (Spike) Umbers, John Edward (Johnny) Wood, Colin James McDonald and William Lister (Dusty) Miller - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, WW2, RNZAF, 7 pilots from 486 Squadron standing with a tempest in winter. Image from Lee Mell …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Lister AWMM
  • Surname
    Miller AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Dusty AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ402208 AWMM
    • 133540 AWMM
    • WWII 402208 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 February 1918 Hanson WaimateCanterbury Hanson
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military Hanson
  • Enlistment
    WW2 28 July 1940 Hanson
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    22 Public - Keith Charles - Child - 5 December 2022 - Family


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Member of the Caterpillar Club. AWMM
    • My father was never a member of a "Catepillar" (sic) Club. He did however become a member of the Caterpillar Club subsequent to his successful use of an Irving parachute on 3 July 1944.
      Perhaps I should have ignored your need of a proofreader, but I'm certain that Fl/Lt Dusty Miller would have picked it up. Public - Keith - Child - 7 April 2023 - Dad's log book, and the letter with his caterpillar badge.
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About death

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  • Death
    21 June 2001 AWMM
    WanakaCentral Otago AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • References
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p.351 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
31 December 2023WayneDunedinResearcher
07 April 2023KeithWallacetownChild
05 December 2022Keith CharlesWallacetown, New ZealandChild
07 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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