Flying Officer ‘Mad Mitch’ Mitchell MC

No 2942 Field Squadron RAF Regiment, was one of a dozen RAF Regiment units deployed in the Arakan to defend airstrips and radar units. By the beginning of 1944, these units were concentrated on the Imphal Plain and in the Surma Valley.

Flying Officer Angus Ian Mitchell MC pictured on the right of a column of troops marching towards the camera
Flying Officer Angus Ian Mitchell MC pictured on the right marching with 2942 Squadron at the victory parade in Rangoon on 15 June 1945.

In March the Japanese were on the offensive across these areas, but by August of 1944 after hard fighting the Japanese retreat began and RAF Regiment units moved forward with the 14th Army.

In the Maungdaw area No 2942 Squadron in close proximity to the Japanese, were ordered to detach Flying Officer Mitchell and 12 men to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, to assist in establishing enemy strengths. Later on during a fighting patrol the Infantry Company Commander was killed during an assault on a small feature known as SOUTH TIT, Mitchell assumed command of the Company.

At 1200hrs 29 Sept 1944 Fg Off Mitchell took command and used reconnaissance patrols to establish enemy forces dispositions, and clever positioning of machine guns to cover his troops movement. He ultimately succeeded in capturing and consolidating the position.

A few days later again in command at aprox 1300hrs 2 Oct 1944 Fg Off Mitchell and his men took part in the Battle of the Pimple, seemingly surrounded by the Japanese, Mitchell moved forward alone to establish safe routes and soon came in to close contact with the enemy He was able to evade their pursuit and link up with V Force. He then was responsible for calling in artillery support on to the enemy and brought down another platoon to assist in a safe tactical withdrawal of his own unit.

Fg Off Angus Ian Mitchell received an immediate award of the Military Cross which was announced in December 1944. His citation was published in the London Gazette 9 Feb 1945.

The miniature medal group of Flying Officer Angus Ian Mitchell, MC.
The miniature medal group of Flying Officer Angus Ian Mitchell, MC.