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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. D C Mitchell

 

David Cooper Mitchell, from Giffnock, south of Glasgow, was born on 22nd July 1914, the son of David Cooper Mitchell and Jessie Henderson Mitchell.

He was awarded a MA by Glasgow University in 1937.

Mitchell enlisted in the RAFVR in May 1939. After his initial training he went to 8 FTS Montrose for No. 18 Course (below), which ran from 9th April to 26th July 1940.

 

 

He joined 65 Squadron from 5 OTU on 19th August 1940 and flew continuously with the squadron through to the end of 1940 and into 1941.

He was commissioned on 26th June 1941 and on 30th June 1941 he damaged a Me109.

 

 

 

On 21st October 1941 he destroyed a Me109 but was himself shot down into the Channel in Spitfire Vb W3633. He was rescued from his dinghy some two hours later. On 6th February 1942 he was posted to RAF Debden pending a posting overseas.

This was to 274 Squadron in North Africa (Libya and Egypt) where he served from 11th June 1942 to 28th October 1942.

While there he was credited with one Me109 probably destroyed (shared with P/O JT Bell RAAF) on 22nd July , one Me109 damaged on 3rd September, one Ju88 damaged (shared with Sgt. FA Carter RAFVR) on 21st September. His postings after this date are currently undocumented but he had returned to the UK by 1944.

Mitchell was killed on 19th June 1944 whilst flying in Spitfire I R7065 of 57 OTU which collided with Beaufort W6540 over Rayburn Lake, Wingates Moor, Northumberland. The Beaufort landed safely.

He is buried in Eastwood Cemetery, Glasgow.

The CWGC records '....husband of D. Lovell Mitchell, of Walton, Somerset'.

 

Above image courtesy of Izzy & Tim

He is also commemorated at Giffnock South Parish Church, below.

 

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