Ian Mitchell


Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Rank: Pilot Officer

Unit: 22 Squadron

Service Number: 88667

Ian Mitchell was born in Glasgow in 1917. He was the son of Alexander and Margaret Mitchell of Whitecraigs, Renfrewshire. He served in 22 Squadron which was a reconnaissance  squadron, part of Costal Command.  At 20:40 hours on 17th 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 Mitchell was 24 years of age and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial - panel 33 and on the High School of Glasgow War Memorial.

*a mine laying operation


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Image reproduced by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission