Mitchell (FR)

The Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that FR Mitchell was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties, prior to the cessation of hostilities in Europe:

  1. 22/04/1945 Bremen
  2. 25/04/1945 Wangerooge Island
  3. 04/05/1945 Ypenburg (Operation Manna)

The following shows the composition of his crew on these sorties, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew:

(Pilot)Frederick Robert Mitchell3
(Navigator)Douglas Joseph Gates3
(Air Bomber)William Philip Scourfield-Smith3
(Wireless Operator)Neil David Dunn3
(Air Gunner)Joe Perkin3
Robert Pye3
(Flight Engineer)Albert Henry Thomas3

It is known that some (or all) of these airmen continued to fly operationally with the squadron during the post war clean up, which included repatriation of POW and service personnel, Cooks Tours, testing of German radar and disposal of surplus incendiaries. However, the squadron’s record book only provides a summary of these activities and does not list the individual captains and crews that took part in these sorties.

Dunn, Perkin, Pye, Thomas, Sourfield-Smith, Mitchell, Gates
[Courtesy of John Dann]

Posting Dates

MitchellFrederick RobertIn From:466 Squadron13/03/1945
Out to:RAF Graveley24/05/1945