R. J. Mitchell
Sculptor: Colin Melbourne. Reginald Mitchell was born near Stoke-on-Trent and was an aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer who was most famous for the legendary Spitfire fighter plane. Sadly he died in 1937 so did not live to see the success of the Spitfire in World War Two. The statue depicts Mitchell wearing a suit, pen in his right hand, book in his left. The low relief panel attached to the pedestal depicts two more images of Mitchell and above the two portrait images is a depiction of the Spitfire he designed. Inside The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery you can see an example of a Mark XV1 Spitfire.