Air Commodore John Lewis Mitchell LVO DFC AFC RAF

AM John Mitchell pictured donating a signed copy of "Ascalon" to the XXIV Squadron Association Secretary

Print of York LV 633 “Ascalon” leaving Gibraltar

Some sad news received last week from Clive Mitchell, son of Air Commodore John Mitchell, that his father had passed away. John’s association with XXIV squadron stems from him having been the navigator on Churchill’s personal RAF plane, based at Northolt, 1943-45.  He was the last remaining crew member!

The photo above shows John with a print from the original artwork of York LV 633 “Ascalon” on departure from Gibraltar and taken at his home in Lymington.

For those of you who have read our newsletter over the last 17 years, you will no doubt have followed John’s exploits, serialised from his diary, about his time as Churchill’s navigator. We had not quite reached the last page of his diary, part 17, set in August 1944 was published in Issue 22 of our Newsletter, but we will ensure the remainder are posted on line in due course.

Churchill's Navigator

Churchill’s Navigator (the book) – cover showing John with “the Owner”.

 

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