Higginbotham, Mitchell Louis, 2nd Lt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Pilot, B-25
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1946, AAF MOS 1081, 477th Bombardment Group, Medium
Service Years
1942 - 1946
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Passing
Feb 14, 2016
 
Location of Interment
Sewickley Cemetery - Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He seems to have served as an enlisted man for about 2 years before going to flight school but his assignments are unknown. In 1945, he was involved in the Freeman Field Mutiny (see link below). There are indications that he joined the reserves sometime after WWII and served long enough to at some point fly B-52's; but there is no documentation of that. Also, if he had served additional years, he would have surely attained a higher rank; but the highest rank shown for him is 2nd Lt.
   
Other Comments:
Sources:

https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=929&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=Mitchell+L.+Higginbotham&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=111924

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell_Higginbotham 

http://www.tuskegee.edu/about_us/legacy_of_fame/tuskegee_airmen/tuskegee_airmen_pilot_listing.aspx

http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=160439634

http://triblive.com/obituaries/newsstories/9983899-74/higginbotham-tuskegee-sewickley

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/mitchell-l-higginbotham-tuskegee-airman.html

http://www.danapointtimes.com/tuskegee-airman-longtime-dp-resident-mitch-higginbotham-dies-at-94/

http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2016/02/16/tuskegee-airman-mitchell-higginbotham-rancho-mirage/80462204/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeman_Field_mutiny

https://www.ancestry.com

   
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Pilot Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Aviation Cadet Flight School477th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1946, AAF MOS 1081, 477th Bombardment Group, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1942-1945 World War II/American Theater
 Colleges Attended 
University of Colorado
  1946-1950, University of Colorado
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-17 Kaydet  BT-13 Valiant  AT-6 Texan  B-25 Mitchell  
  1944-1944, PT-17 Kaydet
  1944-1944, BT-13 Valiant
  1944-1945, AT-6 Texan
  1944-1946, B-25 Mitchell
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