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20.07.1944 22PS/7PRG Lockheed P-38 F-5/E 43-29018 2/Lt. Mitchell Location: Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, England.
Operation: (Not known).

Date: 20
th July 1944

Time: 18.23 hours.

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

Type; Lockheed P-38F-5E

Serial. 43-29018

Coded: G2-

Location: The Coppice, Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, England.

Pilot: 2
nd/Lt. Robert Lloyd Mitchell. 0753709 – Killed.


REASON FOR LOSS:


Extracted from US ARMY AIR FORCES. 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.

(2) Crash report
Report regarding the loss of 2/Lt. Mitchell.

Lt Mitchellcc(1) Mitchell in cockpit
Robert Mitchell in the cockpit of P-38F-5 (King)


Burial Details: Not known.

Researched and compiled by Melvin Brownless, thanks to David King, August 2014.

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