The Unknown Warriors

Reginald Mitchell




Southern Daily Echo, June 11th 1937



"Death of R.J Mitchell At Age of 42




Went On Working With Remarkable Courage




WORLD aviation has lost one of its most brilliant designers by the death of Mr R.J Mitchell, which occurred at his home, Hazeldene, Russel-place, Southampton, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, and ended a brave fight against illness.


Four four years Reginald Jospeh Mitchell, C.B.E, A.M.I.C.E, F.R.Ae.S., had been in indifferent health and often seriously ill. With remarkable courage, he went on working.


Some of his most brilliant designing--- notably "Spitfire," the world's fastest single -seater fighter---was performed under this handicap.


Last April Mr Mitchell flew from Southampton to Vienna in a specially chartered plane to see a specialist. He remained in a sanatorium there for a month, but the illness was far to advanced for the treatment to be effective. So he flew home again and resigned himself to awaiting the end which, he knew, was very near.


Last Sunday he sat in his garden for the last time. On Monday he lapsed into merciful unconsciousness which lasted until his death.


he was only 42. He was a director of and chief designer to the Supermarine Aviation Works (Vickers) Ltd, of Woolston, and had been responsible for all the aircraft designed by the firm since 1920.


In the history of aviation and in the minds of the public his name will be principally associated with racing planes which took part with remarkable success in Schneider Trophy International seaplane contests, and which established a series of world speed records.


He will be remembered, too, as a very brave man.