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Bishop K. Mitchell, Jr. was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1920. He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1937.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941; at the same time his brother joined the Navy. After basic training, Mitchell served in Alamogordo, New Mexico and in Nebraska before being assigned to the 881st Bomb Squadron of the 500th Bomb Group. He had undergone previous training as a radio operator.
He was assigned to the crew of Captain Eugene M. Thomas, Jr. and had flown 12 missions against Japanese targets. On May 24, 1945, on a raid against Tokyo, his aircraft was shot down and crashed into Tokyo Bay.
After the war, several sets of remains were identified as this crew. All remains were placed in one coffin and returned to the U.S. The casket was buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, and a bronze plaque listing all 10 crew members was placed over the gravesite, although it is not certain of the identity of the remains.
Bishop K. Mitchell, Jr. was radio operator on the B-29 #42063486 known by the organizational code name "Z Square 7."
The events of the fatal mission as well as a listing of the entire crew, by position, is located on the Remembrance profile of Captain Eugene M. Thomas, Jr., and will not be repeated here.
Missing Air Crew Report 14488 applies.
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