Topic: Norman Mitchell (1917-1942)

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Tauranga man Norman Mitchell was killed when his aircraft crashed on takeoff in 1942.

Norman Mitchell was born on 21 May 1917. He gained his certificate of Proficiency at Tauranga District High School.

He worked as a sawmill hand before joining the Air Force. He did his Air Gunner Group training at Levin and further training in Canada.

Norman was a front gunner on a Wellington bomber and was part of several sorties over Germany and France. He was killed when his aircraft crashed on takeoff at Feltwell on 29 June 1942.

Norman is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 40 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

 

Sources:

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

 

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Norman Mitchell (1917-1942)


Year:1942
Note:Service Number: 404084
First Names:Norman
Last Name:Mitchell
Date of Birth:21 May 1917
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:29 June 1942
Place of death:Feltwell, England
Place of burial:Feltwell (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England
Occupation:Sawmill Hand
Fathers name:Samuel Myer Mitchell
Fathers date of birth:1881
Fathers date of death:1941
Mothers name:Esther Pryor
Mothers date of birth:1882
Mothers date of death:1961
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)