Pilot Officer Gordon T M Mitchell – 609 Squadron
Gordon Thomas Manners Mitchell was born in Ceylon on 24 September 1910. He was educated at Leys School, Cambridge and Queen’s College, Cambridge where he read Law and Economics. He was a member of the University Air Squadron from 1930 to 1932 and obtained his ‘A’ Grade Flying Licence.
In 1933 Mitchell obtained a commercial appointment in Sarawak and remained there for four years.
On his return to England he joined the Export Credits Guarantee Department in Bradford, West Yorkshire and was commissioned in 609 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force in November 1938. He was called to full-time service on 24 August 1939 and posted to 6 Flying Training School at Little Rissington on 7 October. With his training completed he rejoined 609 Squadron, then at Northolt, in May 1940.
He was shot down in combat by Oberleutnant Ludwig Franzisket of JG27 over a convoy off Portland on 11 July in Spitfire L1095 and reported ‘Missing’. His body was eventually washed ashore near Newport, Isle of Wight.
Mitchell is buried in All Saints’ churchyard, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.