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Planes Serving Different Function’s

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Planes Serving Different Function’s

Made many different kind, types of air planes and they all were, some were better than others and certain things. The Spits were fast fighters and the Lanks were slow bombers and the Beau Fighters were low level night intruders. So it's like your, like your trucks on the highway, you have your pick-ups and you have steak jobs and big, big jobs. So you assigned a piece of equipment to do a certain kind of, certain kind of work. And the Beau Fighter was ideal for night so you got to fly high and carry 9mm cannons on each wing so they had good fire power, lots of, lots of gas so they could... They were, they were suited for that particular phase of operation. No good, no good for fighting other airplanes and things like that and no good for heavy bombing over, over Germany or something that they were just... You would, the aircraft you had, you would adapt it to do the work that could make the most, the most use.

Mr. Miller describes the different types of planes that were suitable for different types of jobs while in the air.

Douglas “Dusty” Miller

Mr. Douglas Miller was born near Blenheim, Ontario on March 12, 1919. There were four boys in the family all of whom served in the Second World War. He attended a technical school to learn aircraft technology prior to enlisting as he wanted to serve in the air force. After enlisting he trained in St. Thomas for about a year and was then posted overseas in Britain. He travelled by ship from Halifax to Britain and was posted to an airfield near Newcastle with a Canadian squadron of Bristol Beaufighters. The squadron was assigned to night fighting in an effort to ward off German bombers coming over to bomb Britain. Mr. Miller worked with the ground crew of this squadron and also served as an observer on flights from time to time. Before the end of the war he achieved the rank of flight sergeant.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Douglas “Dusty” Miller
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force
Flight Sergeant
Aircraft Rigger

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