Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE, FRAeS, was a British aircraft designer who worked for the Southampton aviation company Supermarine from 1920 to 1936. He is best remembered for designing racing seaplanes such as the Supermarine S.6B, and the Supermarine Spitfire. Born in Butt Lane, Staffordshire, Mitchell attended Hanley High School and afterwards worked as an apprentice at a locomotive engineering works, whilst also studying engineering and mathematics at night. In 1917 he joined Supermarine, where he was appointed Chief Engineer in 1920 and Technical Director in 1927. Between 1920 and 1936 he designed 24 aircraft, which included flying boats and racing seaplanes, light aircraft, fighters, and bombers.
|Born||Butt Lane, Kidsgrove, Staffordshire|
|Died||June 11, 1937, Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire|
|Known for||Supermarine S.6B Supermarine Spitfire|
|Parent(s)||Herbert Mitchell and Eliza Jane Brain|
English engineer who designed the Supermarine Spitfire Fighter used in WWII.
He began working as an apprentice for Kerr Stuart & Co. at age 16.
His courageous spirit was the topic of the 1942 film The First of the Few.
He had one son, Gordon, with his wife Florence Dayson.
He was an important engineer for his country's air force, much like the American engineer Edward White.
- Supermarine Spitfire
- English aerospace engineers
- Aircraft designers
- Fellows of the Royal Aeronautical Society
Latest information about RJ Mitchell updated on June 14 2021.