Miley, Miles John (1918-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Miles John Miley (1918-1940), born at Whitchurch, Hampshire, on 27 July 1918, elder son of Group Captain Arnold John Miley OBE (Air Attache, British Embassy, Buenos Aires) and Roberte Marie Mathilde Miley (née Legal), of Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Attended Oaklands Court School, St Peters in Thanet.
Attended Sherborne School (School House) April 1932-July 1936; 6th form; Prefect; 1st XV rugby football team, 1935; shooting viii team, 1934, 1935, 1936 (captain).
He entered RAF College, Cranwell in September 1936 as a Flight Cadet. He was awarded a prize cadetship and was a member of the XV. 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.
WW2, Flying Officer (Pilot), 25 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Killed in action when the Beaufighter R2067 he was travelling in crashed near Kenley Airfield, Kent, on 15 September 1940, aged 22. He 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.
North Weald Bassett Churchyard (St Andrew), Essex, Row 1. Grave 2. Inscription on headstone: ‘From this day to the ending of the world we few shall be remembered.’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2426959/MILEY,%20MILE...
The Battle of Britain London Monument: www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Miley.htm
St Mary Bourne www.basingstoke.gov.uk/content/page/18573/WW1%20Centenary...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Miles John Miley, son of Group Captain A.J. Miley, R.A.F., came to Sherborne in 1932 and left in 1936 with a Prize Cadetship to the R.A.F. College, Cranwell, with a very distinguished career behind him. A member of the VIth, a School Prefect and very prominent forward of the 1st XV and Captain of the Shooting VIII. With this record behind him it was no surprise to hear he had won a Prize Cadetship at Cranwell and has represented the College in Rugby Football. His subsequent career fully justified this early promise. My last conversation was actually some years after he left in the early days of the war. On the afternoon of that day we had noticed a machine flying very low over the playing fields. The boys of No.7 had been rather startled by observing the window of an aeroplane detach itself from the machine and come hurtling down not far from a group of players. Miley rang me up from Bristol that evening to enquire whether any boys had been killed during the course of the afternoon. I was able to reply in the negative, but told him I would like to have a further talk about the incident on his next visit on foot to Sherborne. He replied, laughingly, that he would come and face the music as soon as opportunity offered. Alas! that opportunity never came. Shortly after this incident he was moved to the Defence of London and a few weeks later we heard with very deep regret of his death in action over occupied France [acutally England]. Sherborne and the Country have without doubt lost thereby an officer of quite unusual promise. He was most certainly destined to go to the very top of his profession. It was to men like this that Great Britain owed her deliverance in those early hard-pressed days.'
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