Portrait of William Huston Mitchell, United States Navy (USN). Mitchell was born in Texas, USA, ...

Accession Number P04307.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Maker US Navy
Place made United States of America: Florida
Date made 30 September 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Portrait of William Huston Mitchell, United States Navy (USN). Mitchell was born in Texas, USA, and he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War. After the United States entered the war he transferred to the USN, undertook a conversion course on flying boats and was commissioned and posted to Patrol Wing 10. Mitchell joined Patrol Wing 10, allied personnel operating out of Australia, at their new base at Crawley Bay on the Swan River, Perth, WA. On 28 April 1943, Mitchell's Catalina flying boat flew into a cyclone off Exmouth Gulf, WA, and crashed into the ocean and sank, killing Mitchell and three crew, four others surviving.

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