Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Unit of Service: 715th Bomb Squadron, 449th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force
  • Location of Service: Miami, Florida; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Ellington Field, Texas; North Africa; Sicily, Italy; European Theater
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

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“News of the day--I soloed yesterday--biggest thrill of my life.” (Letter to mother, November 20, 1943)

Much like his father--a World War I veteran who passed away a few months before his son was born--Ewing H. Miller II’s pursuit of a career in architecture was cut short by a world war. After entering the University of Pennsylvania in 1941, Miller joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. Assigned to the 715th Bomb Squadron, 449th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, he served as the copilot on a B-24 bomber in the European Theater—an apropos job for someone who signed his letters with the nickname “Wing.” When his plane was shot down on his 21st mission in mid-February, 1945, he was the sole survivor of his crew, and he spent the next few months as a prisoner of war before his liberation in May 1945. Following his discharge, he went on to a distinguished career in architecture. The 56 letters in his collection, written mostly to his mother, describe his stateside training, transfer overseas, and interactions with civilians while stationed in Italy.

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Ewing H. Miller, II Collection
Interview / Recording

Ewing H. Miller, II Collection
Second part of interview with Ewing Miller II [4/13/1981]

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[ Statement of report of interview of recovered personnel ]

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[ Chart: United States and British aircraft specifications ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [10/16/1942] ]
[ Letter of recommendation for Miller [10/19/1942] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [10/31/1942] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [2/26/1943] ]
[ Postcard to his mother, depicting the First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC [2/26/1943] ]
[ Postcard to his mother [2/26/1943] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [2/28/1943] ]
[ Oversize postcard with comic illustration of Army life [3/30/1943] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [4/3/1943] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [7/20/1943] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [11/3/1943] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [11/5/1943] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [9/28/1943] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [11/17/1944] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [11/20/1943] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [12/1/1944] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [12/10/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [12/25/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Charles Woodward to Mrs. Miller [12/30/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [1/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [10/5/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [10/19/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [10/25/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [11/4/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [11/9/1944] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [11/13/1944] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [1/5/1945] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [1/9/1945] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [2/1/1945] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [2/5/1945] ]
[ Telegram reporting Ewing Miller MIA [2/24/1945] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [5/1/1945] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [5/13/1945] ]
[ Telegram reporting Ewing Miller MIA [5/16/1945] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [5/29/1945] ]
[ V-Mail from Miller to his mother [5/31/1945] ]
[ Telegram informing Mrs. Esther Miller that her son had returned to military control [6/7/1945] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [9/25/1945] ]
[ Postcard from Miller to his mother [10/15/1942] ]
[ Postcard from Miller to his mother [8/20/194-] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [11/4/194-] ]
[ V-Mail informing Mrs. Miller of her son's change of address [n.d.] ]
[ Undated letter to Warren from Ewing Miller ]
[ Letter advertising photographs of German P.O.W. camps for sale [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Charles Hopp to Ewing Miller [12/14/1946] ]
[ Letter from Miller to his mother [12/9/1948] ]
[ Letter from Leonard E. Rose to American Ex-Prisoners of War ]
[ Letter to Miller from Dick Downey [11/26/1985] ]
[ Letter to Miller from Richard Greco [?] [11/26/1985] ]
[ Greeting card to Ewing Miller [1985] ]
[ Letter to Ewing Miller from "Tony" [8/25/1999] ]
[ Letter to Ewing Miller from Tony Oliveri [9/4/1999] ]
[ Letter to Ewing Miller from Sen. James E. Risch of Idaho [5/6/2015] ]
[ Letter to Mrs. Miller from Collman Ketring [?] [3/26/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mrs. Miller from Lt. Frank K. Mayers [3/15/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mrs. Miller from Lt. Frank K. Mayers [6/25/1945] ]
[ Pencil sketch depicting a composite scene of an aviator in flight gear, a parachute, a bomber dropping its payload, a pair of dice, and other objects, by Ewing Miller ]
[ Untitled pencil sketch by Ewing Miller ]
[ Art work by "Quinn", an 11 year old [5/6/2015] ]
[ Art work by Rowan W., age 11 [n.d.] ]
[ Art work by Kendall, age 9 [n.d.] ]
[ Art Work by Darby Harris, age 13 [n.d.] ]
[ Biographical information ]
[ Humorous piece, "Fighter Sweep," that was read at Ewing's graduation from training ]
[ Untitled, humorous poem that was read at Ewing's graduation from training ]
[ Poem by unknown author, "Cui Bono?" ]
[ Multiple drafts of an article on Miller by Michael A. Oliveri [1999] ]
[ 8 cent Air Mail stamp ]
[ 10 Franc note ]
[ A United States two dollar bill with writing on it indicating it belongs to Ewing H. Miller ]
[ 5 Franc note with hadnwriting on the reverse ]
[ Yugoslavian 100 kuna note ]
[ A German 50 Reichsmark note with handwriting on it ]
[ A Greek 10 drachmae note with handwriting on it ]
[ A German 20 Reichsmark note ]
[ Pre-WWII German currency, a two Rentenmark note ]
[ A Belgian 10 Franc note ]
[ United States military payment certificate worth fifty cents ]
[ United States military payment certificate worth fifty cents ]
[ French 10 Franc note ]
[ French two Franc note ]
[ French 5 Franc note ]
[ French two Franc note ]
[ United States military payment certificate worth ten cents ]
[ United States military payment certificate worth ten cents ]
[ United States military payment certificate worth ten cents ]