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William Joseph Mitchell

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William Joseph Mitchell - This image may be subject to copyright

William Joseph Mitchell - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Mitchell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    B52 AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 39639 AWMM
    • WWII NZ39639 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 July 1913 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mother to Singapore AWMM
    • Wife to Solomons AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 2 July 1941 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 2 February 1944 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
    • Solomon Islands Campaign AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 39639 AWMM
    • WWII NZ39639 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 15 December 1939 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Fitter II Airframes/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Admitted to RAF hospital in Seletar with Dengue fever. He was also sent from the Pacific to RNZAF hospital in Auckland with hookworm AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
    8 November 2021 AWMM
    Age 108 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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