William P. Mitchell Jr.
Born 16 July 1923
Died 29 May 1944
710th Bomber Squadron, 447th Bomber Group
Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-107052 was on a bombing mission to Leipzig in Germany. The aircraft suffered a direct flak hit in the left wing gasoline tank and burst into flames. It did a half roll on to its back and broke up just before bombs away. One chute was seen from the tail section and a second from the forward section. The aircraft crashed at 1330 hrs on 29 May 1944 at the eastern outskirts of Seegeritz, 2 km north from Taucha, north east from Leipzig. T/Sgt Mitchell was initially buried in the cemetery at Seegeritz in the evening on 30 May 1944, together with 3 other crew members. Buried at Roberts Cemetery, Sevierville, TN.
Pilot, 2nd Lt Bert Moran
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt John F. Higgs
Navigator, 2nd Lt Rudolph L. Jacob Jr.
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Raymond R. Mcaguire
Radio Operator, T/Sgt William P. Mitchell Jr.
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Nicholas A. Tagliaferri
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Charles E. Bebb
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Leroy J. Beckman
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Connolly R. O`Brien
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Eugene E. Wachter