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Air Vice-Marshal F G S Mitchell (16028)

Frederick George Stewart       

b: 14 Dec 1901                                  r: 29 Jul 1958                                          d: 13 Feb 1974

CB – 31 May 1956, CBE – 1 Jan 1953 (OBE - 1 Jan 1941), LoM (Off) – 3 May 1946

For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations, click here

(RAF): - Plt Off: 20 Dec 1921, Fg Off: 20 Jun 1928, Flt Lt: 1 Jan 1928, Sqn Ldr: 1 Apr 1936, Wg Cdr: 1 Apr 1939, (T) Gp Capt: 1 Sep 1941, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1947, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1949, Act AVM: 1 Feb 1955, AVM: 1 Jul 1956.

 5 Feb 1920:                 Flight Cadet, ‘A’ Sqn, RAF College, Cranwell.

20 Dec 1921:               Appointed to a Permanent Commission.

20 Dec 1921:               Pilot, No 39 Sqn (DH9A - Spittlegate)

12 Sep 1924:               Pilot, No 27 Sqn

10 Jun 1926:                Armament Officer/Instructor?, Armament and Gunnery School.

27 Mar 1929:               Supernumerary - Non-effective (Sick), RAF Depot.

 1 Feb 1930:                Staff Officer, Directorate of Training.

 2 Oct 1933:                 Attended Refresher flying course, CFS

20 Dec 1933:               Flight Commander, No 4 Sqn.

xx xxx xxxx:                  Supernumerary?

 9 Nov 1935:                Instructor, No 4 Flying Training School.

 1 Feb 1937:                Armament Officer, HQ RAF Middle East.


24 Apr 1940:               Transferred to the Technical Branch

xx xxx xxxx:                  Staff, Chemical Defence Experimental Station, Porton

 20 Feb 1950:              Director of Armament Engineering

 1 Dec 1952:                AOC, No 43 Group.

 1 Feb 1955:                AOA, HQ Maintenance Command.

At Cranwell he attained the rank of Flight Cadet Corporal.

Citation for the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Citation raised from Ministry of Aircraft Production)

"MITCHELL, Frederick George Stewart, W/C (16028, Royal Air Force) - Chemical Defence Experimental Station, Porton

This officer was in charge of the Blenheim trials, and second in command of the Lysander trials in connection with the spraying of Blister gas from the air which were carried out in Algeria in 1939-40. It was necessary to carry out these trials in that country as no suitable area was available in this country. The trials were performed under most difficult and dangerous conditions but, owing to this officer’s knowledge, personality and drive, they were a complete success. No aircraft was lost during the whole trials although great risks had to be taken."

(Source: Air 2/887)

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