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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
2201 BellAndrew PaulFlight SergeantR/189575Age 20CanadianAir GunnerRCAFBomber Command190 Sqd1944-07-23StirlingIVLJ882L9-HRAF Fairford, GloucestershireSOE 'Rupert' See archive report for further details EvaderKilled later - Brookwood Military Cemetery. Grave 50.1.2Paradie Archive DatabaseRead Archive Report
2202 BellWilliam JohnPilot Officer1723011923PilotRAFVRBomber Command100 Sqn
1944-04-27LancasterIIIDV192HW:ZGrimsby21:51FriedrichshafenCrashed on the outskirts of the village of They-sous-Monfort (Vosges), 2.5 miles NE of Vittel, France.

DV192 was claimed by Oblt. Heinz Rökker, his 21st Abschuss, from 2./NJG2 at They-sous-Monfort, NE Vittel at 4500 m at 01:39 (casualty report records 05:00) hrs local (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (16 March 1944 - 11 May 1944) Part 2 - Theo Boiten)
KilledThey-sous-Montfort Churchyard Grave 6Son of William John and Ann P. Bell, of Newbury, Berkshire. Awarded a County Scholarship
2203 BellDerek JPilot Officer161593PilotRAFVRBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-01-01LancasterIDV308SR-VLudford MagnaBerlinClaim by Maj Wilhelm Herget Stab I./NJG4 (his 47th of 61 victories), which exploded in the air near Grandrieu South of Beaumont at 0546 hrs. (Nachtjagd War Diaries Vol 1 - Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton)PoW No. 5789, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan & Belaria
2204 BellP A CFlying OfficerBomber Command103 Sqd
1944-03-24LancasterIME665PM-CElsham Wolds1839BerlinExploded near LuckenwaldeKilled
2205 BellD NSergeantBomber Command103 Sqd
1944-04-26LancasterIIIND847PM-RWickenby2304EssenCrashed near Lank-LatumKilledRheinberg War Cemetery
2206 BellD CSergeantBomber Command103 Sqd
1944-02-19LancasterIIIND408PM-TElsham Wolds2352LeipzigPoW
2207 BellSidneySergeantFlight EngineerBomber Command106 Sqd
2208 BellMauriceSergeant16217541923Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command115 Sqn
1944-08-26LancasterILM127KO:HWitchford20:27KielCrashed in North SeaMiARunnymede Memorial Panel 225Son of William Morrish Bell and Harriet Emma Bell, of Castleford, Yorkshire
2209 BellLeonard WilliamSergeant1896269Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command115 Sqn
1944-08-25LancasterIPD274KO:YWitchford20:28RusselsheimLeaving the target area at 19,550 feet, collided with another Lancaster losing both port engines. With their aircraft out of control, the crew baled out at 6,500 feet, South of KoblenzPoW No 693, Stalag Luft 7Sgt Bell, Sgt Agnew, Flt Sgt Kydd and Sgt Ames were part of Trupp 30. They arrived at Bankau on 4th September 1944. (The Long Road - Oliver Clutton-Brock)
2210 BellErnestPilot Officer142874Bomb AimerDFC

RAFVRBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1944-02-07HalifaxIILW275NF-OTempsford1930SOE - Operation Jockey 5The Halifax sustained flak damage on crossing the coast. Notwithstanding the resultant damage, and worsening weather, he continued his mission, flying low towards southern France. As he neared the intended DZ a serious fire developed in one engine, sufficiently serious for Sqn Ldr Cooke to give the order to abandon the Halifax. All took to parachutes. The aircraft crashed near Mantaille (Dröme), 37 km North of ValenceEvaded via Spain & Gibraltar on the 5 May 1944 and returned to Tempsford on the 10 Sep 1944 DFC Gazetted on 16 Jan 1945
2211 BellWalter JohnFlight Lieutenant1740251919PilotDFC

RAFVRBomber Command15 Sqn
1944-07-20LancasterIR5904LS:LMildenhall23:30HombergClaimed by Hptm. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, his 85 Abschuss, from Stab IV./NJG1, Twixt Den Hout-Made, north o Boxtel at 2.500 m at 01:51 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten). Crashed near the hamlet of Steelhoven (Noord-Brabant), 7 km NW of Oosterhout.KilledJonkerbos War Cemetery 24.I.6Son of John James Bell and Agnes Rebecca Bell, of Ipswich, Suffolk.
2212 BellWalter JohnFlight Lieutenant1740251919PilotDFC

RAFVRBomber Command15 Sqn
1944-06-07LancasterILL781LS:LMildenhall00:48Massy-Palaiseau Rail FacilitiesProbable claim by Ofw Herbert Altner 8./NJG5 – West of Paris: 1,600m at 02:22. Around 02:21 five minutes after leaving the target Massey, attacked by Two Me410’s. The navigator was killed and the pilot was wounded. The aircraft sustained damage to centre section of fuselage, wings and starboard aileron which broke away. Crash landed RAF Fiskerton at 03:39 and caught fire. The crew received superficial burns, Second attacking Me410 claimed destroyed in return fire. Full victory confirmed for Ofw Altner on 18 August 1944. Aircraft classified as Cat E damaged. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 -Theo Boiten)Injured/KiA 21st July 1944DFC promulgated in the London Gazette 14th July 1944. Citation reads: "Acting Flight Lieutenant Walter John BELL (174025), RAFVR, No. 15 Squadron. One night early in June, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Bell was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in France. Shortly after bombing the target, he encountered two Messerschmitt 410. One of these, approaching from the port, was driven off by the gunners. At the same time the second opened fire and caused severe damage to the aircraft from cannons and machine guns. The gunners opened fire and hit the Messerschmitt on the fuselage. It dived and exploded in the air. A cannon shell had however, exploded . in the fuselage of Flight Lieutenant Bell's aircraft. The navigator was killed and the pilot sustained a slight injury. Part of the starboard wing was shot away, carrying with it the starboard aileron. The starboard inner engine then caught fire. The. front turret and instrument board were out of action and the brakes and flaps unserviceable. In this precarious position however, with assistance from the bomb aimer who took over the navigator's tasks, Flight Lieutenant Bell, though in pain from his wound, by skilful and determined airmanship succeeded in flying the damaged aircraft back to this country and executed a difficult crash landing with great coolness."

15 Sqn Lancaster I R5904 LS:L
2213 BellJ P OSergeantBomber Command15 Sqd
1944-06-10LancasterIIILM468LS-FMildenhall2300DreuxCrashed at Ste-Gemme-Moronval {Eure-et-Loir}KilledSte-Gemme-Moronval Churchyard
2214 BellD SFlying OfficerDFC

Bomber Command161 Sqd
1944-03-03LysanderIIIaV9605MA-BTempsford2130SISForce landed near Plumetot FranceEvader
2215 BellH BSergeantBomber Command166 Sqd
1944-01-27LancasterIIIW4996AS-RKirmington1755BerlinKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery
2216 BellL SFlight Lieutenant1199790PilotFighter197 Sqd
1944-08-18TyphoonIbMN463MKilledSt- Desir War Cemetery France
2217 BellCPilot OfficerBomber Command207 Sqd
1944-05-03LancasterIIIND575EM-MSpilsby2151Mailly-le-CampCrashed Donnemarie-Dontilly {Seine-et-Marne}KilledDontilly Communal Cemetery
2218 BellG WFlight SergeantBomber Command227 Sqd
1944-11-11LancasterIPB6439J-Sbalderton1641HarborgCrashed at Nieder OchtenhausenKilledBecklingen War Cemetery
2219 BellD P MFlight Lieutenant115406PilotFighter263 Sqd
1944-05-21TyphoonIbMN545RoadsteadKilledRunnymede Memorial United Kingdom
2220 BellJ SSergeantBomber Command433 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-04HalifaxIIINP992BM-FSkipton on Swale1708BochumPoW
2221 BellBernard ErnestFlying OfficerJ/44311CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF439 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-27TyphoonIbMP1455V-B-78 Eindhoven12:00Armed recceShot down by flak and small arms. Abandoned aircraft near St VithPoW Accident report
2222 BellF JFlight SergeantBomber Command460 Sqd RAAF
1944-05-03LancasterIIIND860AR-BinbrookMailly-le-CampCrashed St-Remy-sous-BarbuiseKilledSt-Remy-sous-Barbuise Churchyard
2223 BellD McF FSergeantBomber Command49 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIME675EA-RFiskerton2303WesselingCrashed at Lage Mierde {Noord-Brabant}KilledEindhoven {Woensel}
2224 BellBryan EsmondFlying Officer1514711920PilotRAFVRBomber Command49 Sqn
1944-06-09LancasterIIIND533EA:NFiskerton21:36Etampes Railway JunctionSee Archive ReportKilledBayeux War Cemetery Plot XVI Row C Collective Grave 10
2225 BellR DFlight LieutenantBomber Command51 Sqd
1944-06-10HalifaxIIIMZ343MH-TSnaith1439SterkradeKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
2226 BellW HSergeantBomber Command578 Sqd
1944-02-24HalifaxIIILW586LK-PBurn1839SchweinfurtCrashed Unter-AlterheimKilledDurnbach War Cemetery
2227 BellJ DSergeantBomber Command578 Sqd
1944-03-15HalifaxIIILW348LK-XBurn1856StuttgartCrashed near Biggin Hill Kent on return
2228 BellTSergeantBomber Command619 Sqd
1944-01-05LancasterIIIED977PG-AWoodhall Spa.0018.StettinCrashed in target areaKilledPoznan Old Garrison Cemetery Poland
2229 BellJ BSergeantBomber Command622 Sqd
2230 BellArthurSergeant1050826NavigatorBomber Command626 Sqn
1944-01-14LancasterIIIJB141UM:N2Wickenby16:38BraunschweigJB141 was claimed as a probable by Lt.Robert Wolf, his 3rd Abschuss and the 1st of two this night, from 3./NJG5 at 19:15 hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 15 March 1944) Part 1 - Theo Boiten). The aircraft crashed at Heiningen, 2km west of Börssum.KilledHanover War Cemetery 6.F.8
Son of George and Edith Bell, of Grantham, Lincolnshire.
2231 BellEdward Inkerman JordonSquadron Leader43090PilotDFC

RAFBomber Command627 Sqn
1944-01-08MosquitoIVDZ293AZ:LOakington18:19FrankfurtShot Down, no further information.PoW No, 3294, Stalag Luft 3 DFC awarded whilst with 12 Sqn, Gazetted 12th March 1943

Sqn.Ldr. Bell was OC B Flight. He had joined the Squadron on 17th November 1943
2232 BellFFlight LieutenantBomber Command7 Sqd
2233 BellFFlight LieutenantBomber Command7 Sqd
1944-03-30LancasterIIIND350MG-ZOakington2212NurnbergCrash landed at Feltwell Norfolk
2234 BellA AFlying OfficerBomber Command78 Sqd
1944-04-26HalifaxIIILV873EY-QBreighton2206VilleneuveCrashed Choisy-le-RoiKilledClichy New Communal Cemetery
2235 BellDavid RobertsonSergeant1558691Bomb AimerRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqn
1944-05-27HalifaxIIILW519EY:?Breighton00:16Bourg-Leopold Military CampThe aircraft was leaving the target area when it was shot about by a night fighter.The aircraft crashed landed at RAF Woodbridge where it was declared beyond economical repair.

Those who were injured were taken to Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital. Sgt Bell bailed out over enemy territory. His body was washed up at Oostvoorne 8th June 44.
KilledOostroorne Protestant Cemetery Joint Grave 220.
2236 BellW IFlying OfficerBomber Command78 Sqd
1944-07-28HalifaxIIIMZ340EY-XBreighton1604Foret-de-NieppeCrashed at Ramskapelle {West-Vlaanderen}PoW
2237 BellESergeantBomber Command78 Sqd
1944-11-16HalifaxIIIMZ849EY-Breighton1257MunsterCrash landed at Carnaby on return
2238 BellAlistair WalkerSergeant11752521910Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-01-01LancasterIIIJB355OL-JWyton17BerlinThe aircraft crashed near the road leading from Neuenhagen to Honow 18km ESE from the centre of Berlin at 0315 hrs. Crew initially buried at HonowKilledBerlin 1939-1943 War Cemetery Plot 7 Row H Collective Grave 1-7Son of Robert and Marie Bell
2239 BellF JWarrant OfficerBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-12-21LancasterIIIPB533OL-QConingsby1636PolitzCrashed at Metheringham on returnKilled
2240 BellGilbertFlight Lieutenant47578Bomb AimerDFC

RAFBomber Command9 Sqn
1944-05-10LancasterIIILM520WS:XBardney22:13Lille Railway YardsLM520 may have been a possible claim by Hptm Adolf Braves Stab IV./NJG1 - 5-20km North East of Luxemburg 3,500m at 00:05hrs. This is uncorroborated. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (16 March 1944 - 11 May 1944) Part 2 - Theo Boiten). The aircraft crashed at Forest-sur-Marque (Nord), 9 kms East of LillKiARunnymede Memorial Panel 201As Acting Flt Lt. and while serving with 9 Sqn he was awarded the DFC London Gazette on 7th December 1943

He was Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) on 14th January 1944.

It seems likely that his body was recovered and buried locally but his name is now listed on the Runnymede Memorial. By searching the internet for this airman a posting by his brother on a webforum in 2005 was found, he stated that he had a copy of a letter to his father from the Air Ministry in 1947 stating that Gilbert's body was buried in Forest-Sur-Marque Communal Cemetery. It is likely that the Post-War wargraves investigation team could not identify his body when they exhumed his remains so he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.(Aircraft Accidents in Yorkshire)

Son of Frank and Mabel Annie Bell, of Exeter.
2241 BellJSergeantBomber Command97 Sqd (Straits Settlements)
2242 BellHilton CraigWarrant Officer413946AustraliaRAAF106 Sqd RAF
1944-07-08RAAF Honour Roll
2243 BellColin DouglasPilot Officer403317AustraliaRAAF127 Sqd RAF
1944-09-11RAAF Honour Roll
2244 BellMaxwell HerronPilot Officer405995AustraliaRAAF19 Sqd RAF
1944-09-09RAAF Honour Roll
2245 BellJohn HardieFlight Sergeant434078AustraliaRAAF460 Sqd RAAF
1944-03-15RAAF Honour Roll
2246 BellGeorge Samuel CrawfordPilot Officer412361AustraliaRAAFBomber Command570 Sqd RAF
1944-09-18 RAAF Honour Roll
2247 BellJohn GeorgeSergeant1378959Age 30W/Op/Air/GnrRAFVRTransport CommandOverseas Air Delivery Unit1944-09-11WellingtonIIW5596-RAF Hampstead Norris, BerkshireDelivery flightSee archive report for further brief detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel: 39.Son of Christopher Brown Bell and Alice Lavinia Bell and husband of Elizabeth May Bell, of Whitburn, Co. Durham. England.
2248 BellThomasFlight Sergeant543054 (per Air78) 544054 (per CWGC)1920 at Acomb NorthumberlandBritishAir BomberRAFVRMiddle East Command150 Squadron1944-06-25WellingtonXLP249not knownRAF Amendola, Italy21.30Shell Koolaz oil refinery BudapestHit by flak.Crashed at Lajostelep, Szabadbattyán, HungaryKilledBudapest War Cemetery - Coll. grave ll. C. 5-8Read Archive Report
2249 BellWilliam Henry JamesSergeant1801097Age ?UKPilotRAFVRTraining Command1 Pilot Advanced Flying Unit.1944-08-31OxfordINM637-1317TrainingSee archive report for further brief details - collided with Tiger Moth II N5451KilledEsher Churchyard (Christ Church)Son of William John Bell, and of Alice Leila Bell, of Kingston, Jamaica. His brother 21 year old, Fl/Sgt. Robert Leslie Bell 1895338 RAFVR also lost his life. Killed on the 2nd February 1946 flying as a pilot with 194 Squadron. Dakota 1V KJ996 dived into the ground near Pegu in Burma in turbulent weather conditions. All 5 crew killed and buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery.
2250 BellamyG CFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command153 Sqd
1944-10-14LancasterING190P4-TKirmington635DuisburgKilledReichswald Forest War CemeteryParadie Archive Database

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