Name : Wing Commander Frederick Moir Milligan AFC
Service Number : 37435 RAF
Awards : A.F.C
As Officer Commanding his squadron, this officer through his keenness, efficiency and extreme devotion to duty whilst flying has been an inspiration to the flying instructors in his squadron. Through his marked enthusiasm and outstanding flying ability his unit has attained a high standard of efficiency which has contributed largely to the output of qualified pilots.
Public Record Office Air 2/4859 has the original recommendation drafted 3 November 1941 by the Chief Instructor of No.32 SFTS, noting that Milligan was Officer Commanding, No.2 Squadron, and reading as follows: Known Postings
This officer’s keenness and efficiency have been an inspiration to all who have come in contact with him. Through his outstanding example, the efficiency of the squadron under his command has reached a very high standard.
The same day, the Group Captain commanding Moose Jaw wrote: I agree. He has shown great devotion to duty and has been an inspiration to all ranks. On 29 November 1941, A/V/M A.T. Cowley wrote, “I concur”. The next comment was by Air Marshal Lloyd Breadner (Chief of the Air Staff) on 11 March 1942: This officer’s extreme devotion to flying duty has largely contributed to the output of qualified pilots. His keenness and efficiency have been an example to other instructors and to trainees which has resulted in his squadron reaching a very high standard. I strongly recommend him for the Air Force Cross.
Acting Pilot Officer: 06.11.1935
Pilot Officer : 06.11.1936
Flying Officer : 06.05.1938
Flight Lieutenant : 06.05.1940
Acting Squadron Leader: 01.09.1940
Squadron Leader: 20.11.1942
Wing Commander (Temp): 01.07.1943
Wing Commander: 01.07.1947
Group Captain: 01.01.1954
Air Commodore : 01.07.1959
Initial Officer Training: 06.11.1935
No.4 F.T.S: 23.11.1935
No.216 Squadron: 14.08.1936
PA AOC-in-C RAF Middle East 01.12.1938
No.32 SFTS Moose Jaw Canada: Not found
No.1651 Con Unit: November 1943
No.623 Squadron: 29.11.1943 (Command)
No.31 Base: Not found
No.90 Squadron: 01.01.1944 (Command)
HQ No.3 Group: 15.06.1944
List of Operations flown by Wing Commander Milligan AFC with No.90(B) Squadron January – March 1944
|14.01.1944||Stirling Mk.III||EE974 WP-P||V1 Target||1737hrs-2053hrs||Duty Carried Out 2nd Pilot|
|25.01.1944||Stirling Mk.III||EE441 WP-N||V1 Target||0032hrs-0424hrs||Duty Carried Out.|
|27.01.1944||Stirling Mk.III||EE896 WP-G||N Frisian (M)||1704hrs-2203hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|15.02.1944||Stirling Mk.III||EF143 WP-J||Kiel Bay (M)||1719hrs-2310hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|20.02.1944||Stirling Mk.III||LJ483 WP-V||N Frisian (M)||1756hrs-2216hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|15.03.1944||Stirling Mk.III||EH947 WP-S||Amiens||1858hrs-2255hrs||Duty Carried Out|
While training with No.1651 Con Unit Wing Commander Milligan was involved in an incident which resulted in Short Stirling Mk.I N3708 (a former 218 Squadron aircraft) being damaged. On return from a training flight on November 22nd 1943 W/Cdr Milligan made a rather heavy landing resulting in the buckling to the port main plane and breaking the struts between the main spare of the veteran Stirling . There were no injuries to the crew, the aircraft was declared CAT A/C.
If you can help with any additional information on this officer I will be most grateful if you could contact me. Thank you.