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Kenneth Mitchell

Date of birth: 29.12.1909
Date of death: 3.9.1942
Area: Wrenthorpe
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Family information: Husband of Lilian Mitchell nee Walker
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service number: 130145

War Service

Kenneth was Pilot Officer 130145 in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 405 Royal Canadian Air Force squadron and was a wireless operator / air gunner. He died aged 33 on 3rd September 1942 and is buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.
The 405 Squadron was formed at Driffield on 23rd April 1941. It flew Wellingtons until April 1942 and then converted to Halifax bombers, taking part in the historic 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne.

Family Life

In the Electoral Register I found Kenneth Edric Michael Mitchell living with his parents Arthur Edric and Ethel Austwick Mitchell at 12, Ruskin Ave, Wrenthopre in 1932 and 1933. In 1933 Kenneth married Lilian Walker and according to the 1939 Register moved to Highfield Cottage, Horbury Road. His parents continued to live in Ruskin Avenue until after the war although his father died in 1945.
Kenneth was born on 29th December 1909 and was an agent for the Refuge Assurance Company Ltd. Lilian was born on 9th June 1909. There was also a closed record suggesting that they had a child and there was a Michael F Mitchell registered in Wakefield District in 1938 with his mother’s maiden name Walker, who was probably their son.

The entrance to Hotton War Cemetery Hotton War Cemetery

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