M.545 First Officer  James Mitchell Cathey 

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b. 7 May 1915, Asheville NC  20 Apr 1941 to Apr-43 

Had a twin sister, Martha

High School in Washington DC

prev. Service Dept, Piper Aircraft Corp.

Address in 1940: 131E Main St., Lock Haven, PA


Postings: 2FPP, 9FPP

"A good pilot. Demeanour - lacking in enthusiasm."

He was due to return to the US in May 1942 (with fellow American pilots Jack Groover Durham (M.332), Bruce Elmer Raymond, H Stirling, Gerald Gilbert Yerdon, W Walters and Ernest Carl Ewing (M.470), but his contract was renewed at the last moment.

Reduced in rank to 2nd Officer for 1 month from 31 Jan 43 after showing 'very bad airmanship' when flying a Typhoon; he misjudged his approach, undershot the landing and struck a gun post.


Captain in USAAF until 1947, then with the Curry School of Aeronautics

m. Ethel Brown of the Army Nurses Corps, 22 Sep 1948

d.  11 Nov 1984

Burial: Culpeper National Cemetery


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