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The Airmen's Stories - P/O H T Mitchell


Harry Thorne Mitchell was born in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada in 1920. He subsequently moved to England with his family and attended Kings College, London.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938 and was serving with 87 Squadron in France in early 1940.

On 10th May Mitchell claimed two Do17's destroyed and on the 11th a Ju87 destroyed and a Do17 shared. The squadron was withdrawn to Debden on 22nd May.

He claimed a Me110 and a Ju87 destroyed and a Me110 damaged on 15th August and a Me109 destroyed on the 25th.

On 7th December he was posted away to be an instructor at 8 FTS and was awarded the DFC (gazetted 11th February 1941).

Mitchell was posted to Canada and served in the Aleutians with an RCAF fighter squadron. He returned to the UK in February 1943 for a second operational tour.

Mitchell was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Squadron Leader.


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