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Check Six: The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell – 95 years ago

May 28, 2019

From the This Day in Aviation website

William "Billy" Mitchell (second from right)

William “Billy” Mitchell (second from right)

The court martial of Colonel William (“Billy”) Mitchell, United States Army Air Service, began at Washington, D.C. (Mitchell had been returned to his permanent rank of colonel after completing his term as Assistant Chief of the Air Service, during which he retained the temporary rank of brigadier general that he had held during World War I.) For his criticism of the U.S. Navy’s leadership in regard to a number of deadly aviation accidents, he was charged with eight counts of insubordination.

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