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2/Lt Joseph Spencer Mitchell, 70 Squadron RAF

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Bennett

Can anyone provide circumstances of death of the above Airman?

 

Mitchell was posted to the 70 Sq. on October 1, 1918, but sadly only 5 days later he DOW at 11 CCS due to an aircraft accident near Doullens. I have gathered considerable information on his family and life before the RFC but am looking for details of the accident and which aerodrome near Doullens he was posted to. I had guessed it was in a Strutter 1& 1/2?  Thanks for any guidance

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MikeMeech
5 hours ago, Bennett said:

Can anyone provide circumstances of death of the above Airman?

 

Mitchell was posted to the 70 Sq. on October 1, 1918, but sadly only 5 days later he DOW at 11 CCS due to an aircraft accident near Doullens. I have gathered considerable information on his family and life before the RFC but am looking for details of the accident and which aerodrome near Doullens he was posted to. I had guessed it was in a Strutter 1& 1/2?  Thanks for any guidance

Hi

 

'Airmen Died in the Great War 1914-1918' (DVD-ROM) has 2/Lt Joseph Spencer Mitchell Killed whilst flying with date of death 5 October 1916.  Aircraft type is stated as 1 1/2 Strutter A1918.  He is down as being buried at Gezaincourt.  TSTB II, page 360, also mentions that the engine cut out on take off (5 October 1916).

I hope that is of use.

 

Mike

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nieuport11

He had smashed up Strutter A2986 the previous day during practice

The full casualty report for A1918 says 'crashed near aerodrome due engine failure after takeoff on practice'

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Bennett

Thank you very much Sirs! What you wrote is what I needed. Could I ask you Nieuport what the source and text was for his first crash (A2986) ? Sounds like his flight instruction may have been lacking in various regards. Thanks again  Ralph CFII

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topgun1918

No 70 Squadron was based at Fienvillers from 21 May 1916 to 14 December 1916.

 

I have it that A2986 was 'smashed on landing from practice'.  It was taken to No 2 AD for repair and rejoined the squadron on 31 October 1916, remaining on strength until it went missing on 25 March 1917.  

 

Graeme

 

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Bennett

Thank you and my initial mistake on stating 1918 rather than 1916  Ralph

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topgun1918

No worries - I've suffered from misguided finger syndrome many-a-time!

 

Graeme

 

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