Mitchell Engineering

Operated from 1958 to 1973

Main Base – Peterborough

Founders/Directors – Frederick Gilbert ‘Tiny’ Mitchell later David Morell

This company, once one of Britain’s major civil engineering firms can trace its roots back to 1931 as Mitchell Construction Ltd of Leeds and then later of London. However, due to the bombing that WWII brought to the capital, the company subsequently relocated to Peterborough during 1940 where it remained for the rest of its business life. During the 1950s & 1960s, Mitchell became heavily involved with the construction of power plants across the U.K. and in its last few years, further afield in Zimbabwe, although it was this last venture that finally brought the company to its knees resulting in its eventual take over by Tarmac.

From 1962 onwards, Mitchell’s tenuous and seemingly omnipresent little Dove made a multitude of visits to SEN for the most, arriving from and then departing some time later again to its base in Peterborough. While the purpose of these visits remains open to speculation, it is likely that Mitchell had some role to play in the construction of Bradwell which was being commissioned at the time. Mitchell’s Aztec would also appear at Southend from time to time, although visits by this particular aircraft were far less frequent.


Mitchell Engineering fleet from 1962 to 1965

De Havilland D.H.104 Dove

G-AOYD – 7/57 to 12/66

Sold to Roger’s Aviation Ltd

Piper PA-23 Aztec

G-APXN – 11/60 to 6/68

Sold to Shackleton Aviation


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