Sgt James W Mitchell was assigned to the 459th BG 756th Squadron. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Waist Gunner .
Sgt James Mitchell was part of the original cadre of 459 BG guys
going overseas in January,1944 and was the Waist Gunner on 756 BS Lt L C
Baldridge`s Crew in B-24H A/C 42-52406 named "Smoky", which had been flown
overseas in January,1944 by Lt Lawrence C Baldwin & Crew, arriving at Guilia
Air Field( 459 BG Home Base) on 1/10/44.
Sgt Mitchell and crew were on
459 BG M # 6 to bomb Vienna City target, 3/17/44, when over the target, A/C
42-52319 ( La Borrache ), was hit by flak destroying the tail & rudder and
then had a Mid- Air Collision with A/C 42-52406 " Smoky" with both ships
coming apart and killing 19 airmen.
12/01/1943 December Roster
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