Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. D C Mitchell

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David Cooper Mitchell enlisted in the RAFVR in May 1939. He joined 65 Squadron from 5 OTU on 19th August 1940. He 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. His postings after this date are currently unknown 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.

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