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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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22RS/7PG Lockheed P-38F-5E Lightning Lt. Robert L. Mitchell

Operation: Training

Date: 20th July 1944

Time: 18:23 hours.

Unit: 7th Photo Group / 22nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron

Type: Lockheed P-38F-5E Lightning.

Serial: 43-29018  

Code: ?

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.

 


Burial Details: 

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.

Further information on American War deaths. 


KTY 30.07.2015 Map added

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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