22RS/7PG Lockheed P-38F-5E Lightning Lt. Robert L. Mitchell
Date: 20th July 1944
Time: 18:23 hours.
Unit: 7th Photo Group / 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron
Type: Lockheed P-38F-5E Lightning.
Location: The Coppice, Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire.
Pilot: 2nd/Lt. Robert Lloyd Mitchell Air Medal, Purple Heart 0-753709 Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Extracted from US Army Air Force Air Accident Report:
FINDINGS: At the scene of the crash the following witnesses were verbally interviewed: Mr. R. H. Page, and Cpl. Betz, both British subjects and caretakers of the American Engineer Camp site near Culham. They concurred that the aircraft apparently had at least one engine out and the other was barely ticking over. The aircraft came in, in a slow glide, crashing through the tops of several trees and landing in a small field.
The aircraft, carrying drop tanks, exploded and burned. The pilot apparently did not attempt to clear the aircraft.
2nd/Lt. Robert Lloyd Mitchell. Air Medal, Purple Heart Cambridge American Cemetery, England. Plot A. Row 4. Grave 18. From Oregon, United States of America.
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