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Brian Watson McMillan

Photograph of Wing Commander Brian Watson McMillan DSO, AFC, DFC. Image kindly provided by Jenifer Lemaire (September 2018). Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Brian Watson AWMM
  • Surname
    McMillan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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    WWII 40350 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 October 1912 AWMM StratfordTaranaki AWMM
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  • Post war occupation
    Pilot AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • New Zealand Ski Champion in 1936. The McMillan Cup in skiing was named in his memory.

    Served with 31 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF) on the Northwest frontier of India, 1938 - 1939.

    Promoted to Flight Lieutenant and helped with the airlift retreat from Burma, 1942.

    Squadron Leader with 582 Squadron, RAF, 1943.

    Wing Commander and Commanding Officer (CO) of 227 Squadron, Pathfinder Force, RAF, 1945.

    After the war ended, a group of ex-Pathfinder airmen founded the British South American Airways Corp (BSAAC). McMillan joined his fellows as a pilot with the airline.

    He was on board BSAAC airliner "Star Tiger", along with fellow New Zealander Sir Arthur Coningham (see separate Cenotaph record), when it mysteriously disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle on 30 January 1948 en route to Bermuda from the Azores. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 January 1948 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM


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31 August 2018Jenifer WairarapaResearcher
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