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|33k||Albert Edward Mitchell was born in Seattle, Wash. on 25 December 1914 and attended the University of Washington. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman second class
20 December 1940 for flight training at Seattle and Corpus Christi, where he was designated a naval aviator 30 September 1941 and commissioned an ensign. He was assigned to Patrol
Squadron 42, and was the captain of a PBY Catalina. The squadron was sent to the Aleutians, and Mitchell was killed in action when Tadayoshi Koga shot down Mitchellís PBY on 04 June 1942.
Observers saw some of the crew escape into a raft, and watched in horror as Koga strafed the raft.
As a postscript to the story, Mitchellís gunners may have damaged Kogaís plane, and he was forced to land on Akutan Island. The plane flipped on impact, killing Koga. However, the plane was recovered intact a month later, giving up the secrets of the indomitable Japanese Zero.
Ensign Albert Edward Mitchell, USNR, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii, an American Battle Monuments Commission location.
USS Mitchell (DE 43) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site: Honor States)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|61k||entering dry-dock, undated||-|
|54k||starboard side, undated|
|338k||01 December 1943: Bremerton, Wash. - Mitchell underway in Puget Sound.||Ed Zajkowski|
|126k||02 August 1945: the South Pacific - USS Mitchell seen in utility and ferry duty in the main fleet train formation TF30.8. Later that day she would escort
USS Escalante (AO 70) and USS Thetis Bay (CVE 90) back to Ulithi to relay another load. Here,
USS Platte (AO 24) is topping off from Escalante.
(Life Magazine Photo by George Silk, aboard USS Thetis Bay)
West Chester, Pa.
|View the USS Mitchell (DE 43) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|View the official War History of USS Mitchell as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Mitchell's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 17 Nov. 1943 - 13 May 1944||Lcdr. Martin Herman Erdahl, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 13 May 1944 - 29 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. James Kenneth Carpenter, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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