World War 2 (1939 - 1945)

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Ian Good Mitchell

Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Pilot Officer
Unit: 22 Squadron
Service Number: 88667

Ian Mitchell was born in Glasgow in 1917, son of Alexander and Margaret Mitchell of Whitecraigs, Renfrewshire. He served in 22 Squadron which was a reconnaissance squadron, part of Coastal Command. At 20:40 hours on 17 August 1941, a Bristol Beaufort 1, serial number AW214, piloted by Ian Mitchell, took off from his base at Thorney Island to perform a gardening mission in the sea off Boulogne.* The plane was hit by unexpected flak and crashed into the sea at the mouth of the Westerschelde. All four men on board were killed and listed as missing in action. Ian was 24 years of age and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial - panel 33, on the High School of Glasgow War Memorial and on East Renfrewshire Golf Club Memorial.

 


 *A gardening mission was a mine laying operation


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