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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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112 Squadron Crest
31.05.1942 No. 112 Squadron Kittyhawk I AK999 P/O. S.S. Mitchell

Operation: Strafing

Date: 31st May 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 112 Squadron (239 Wing, 211 Group)

Type: Kittyhawk I

Serial: AK999

Code: GA-?

Base: RAF Gambut

Location: Derna, Libya

Pilot: P/O. Stuart Stewart Mitchell NZ/41348 RNZAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a strafing and bombing run after taking off at 18:45 hrs he failed to return.

Later, when the allied forces advanced the pilot was found to be buried beside his destroyed aircraft near Derna in Libya.

Sadly a post war search failed to locate his grave - possibly as it had been effected by sand storm, consequently he is now remembered on the Alamein memorial.

Burial details:

P/O. Stuart Stewart Mitchell. Alamein Memorial. Column 265. Son of Alexander Stewart Mitchell and Margaret Ethelinda Mitchell, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. A total of 234 flying hours logged - his slightly older brother 21 year old P/O. John Stewart Mitchell NZ/41607 RNZAF had been killed earlier on the 02nd March in the France campaign whilst with No. 1 Squadron. Further details here.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand also to Jenifer Lemaire from New Zealand for photograph, other sources as quoted below:


Note:

Image of the pilot reproduced under licence: Auckland Library Heritage Collection : 28 October 1942 AWNS19421028-18-37

KTY 03.08.2018

Acknowledgements
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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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