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Harold Albert Stoney MITCHELL


HAS-MitchellNote on name:

In his professional capacity, Harold Albert Stoney Mitchell went by the name H.A.S. Mitchell.
To childhood family and relatives in Australia he was Harold.
To friends he was Stoney, his grandmother’s maiden name and his third given name.
On his false identity card in Denmark he was Harald Nielsen.

Throughout, I refer to my father as Stoney Mitchell.







Personal Events
1911-Jan-24 Born to Robert & Manie Mitchell Woonona NSW, Australia
1937-Dec-27 Marriage to Rita Dockrill (of Casino, NSW) Sydney NSW, Australia
1941-Mar-31 Stillborn daughter Moree NSW, Australia
1941-Apr-25 Death of Rita Mitchell (nee Dockrill) Moree NSW, Australia
1946-Feb-25 Birth of daughter Gail Wisbech England, UK
1947-Jun-07 Marriage to Grace Hayes (nee Brown) Melbourne Victoria, Australia
1984-Aug-08 Died Adelaide SA, Australia

Education and Pre-war Career
1928 Leaving Certificate Newcastle High School NSW, Australia
1930 – 1934 Articled Lawyers Clerk Newcastle NSW, Australia
1934-Jul-26 Admission to Roll of Solicitors Supreme Court of NSW NSW, Australia
1935 – 1937 Solicitor Tweed Heads NSW, Australia
1937 – 1943 Solicitor Moree NSW, Australia
1943-Apr-24 Enlisted in RAAF
Royal Australian Air Force Record of Service (Service Number: 433608)
1943-Apr-24 Aircrew V
1943-Jun-14 Aircrew V (N) (B)
1943-Jul-17 Aircrew II (N)
1944-Feb-25 Navigator
1943-Apr-24 Aircraftman AC II on enlistment
1943-Jul-17 Leading Aircraftman LAC V
1944-Feb-25 Pilot Officer
1944-Aug-25 Flying Officer
1946-Feb-25 Flight Lieutenant


Training Postings Flying hours
Australia  1943 Royal Australian Air Force
1943-Apr-24 No 2 Recruiting Centre (RC)
1943-Apr-24 No 2 Initial Training School (ITS) Bradfield Park, NSW
1943-Jul-17 No 2 Embarkation Depot (ED) Bradfield Park, NSW
1943-Aug-11 Embarked on USS Mount Vernon Sydney, NSW
Canada  1943-1944 British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (Attached to Royal Canadian Air Force) 
1943-August Disembarked and train to Canada
1943-Aug-26 No 3 Manning Depot (MD) Edmonton, Alberta
1943-Oct-02 No 2 Air Observers School (AOS) Blatchford Field, Edmonton 108 h 30 m
1944-Mar-07 1 Y Depot Lachine, Quebec
1944-Mar-24 Embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia
Great Britain  1944 British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (Attached to Royal Air Force) 
1944-Apr-02 Disembarked Brighton, England
1944-Apr-03 No 2 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre (PDRC) Brighton, England
1944-Apr-25 No 8 Observers Advanced Flying Unit (O AFU) Mona, Wales 34 h 40 m
1944-May-23 No 27 Operational Training Unit (OTU) Lichfield, England 66 h 55 m
1944-Aug-16 No 11 Base Lindholme, England
1944-Sep-28 No 1656 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) Lindholme, England 28 h 35 m
1944-Oct-23 No 1 Lancaster Finishing School (LFS) Hemswell, England 09 h 35 m
Total Training Hours Flying: 248 h 15 m
Operational Postings Flying hours
Great Britain  1944-1945 Bomber Command  
1944-29-Oct No 103 Squadron Elsham Wolds, England
to 14 operations
1945-Mar-12 Total Operational Hours Flying: 94 h 45 m


Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, England
12 March – 18 April 1945
War Casualties Account Department (WCAD)
1945-Mar-13 Missing air ops., from United Kingdom. Report No 76/45 in Denmark
1945-Apr-05 Safe in Sweden. Report No 104/45 in Sweden
1945-Apr-16 Arrived in United Kingdom. Report No 111/45 in Scotland
1945-Apr-18 No 11 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre Brighton, England
Great Britain  1945 Bomber Command 
1945-May-05 No 103 Squadron Elsham Wolds
1945-Jun-26 No 9 Aircrew Holding Unit Gamston, UK
No 11 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre Brighton, England
1946-Mar-14 Embarked HMS Victorious Plymouth, England
Australia  1946
1946-Apr-15 Disembarked Sydney
1946-Apr-15 No 2 Personnel Depot
1946-Jun-25 Appointment terminated
Post-war Career
1945-1946 Solicitor London, England, UK
1946-1947 Solicitor Moree, NSW, Australia
1947-1976 General Secretary,
Public Service Association of South Australia
Adelaide, SA, Australia
1976-1984 In retirement Adelaide, SA, Australia