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J R Bell

Military

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 51251

Awards:POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Stanley Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. 24 x combat missions. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt with Olson crew; attacked by 5 Me-109's, bomb bay and one engine ablaze, A/C peeled off while still being pursued. After all the crew...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sherman, Grayson County, TX 24 January 1916

Husband of Lean Bell.

Lived in Dallas, TX October 1940

At time of draft registraion residing Dallas, Texas.

Lived in Oakland, CA 1942
Enlisted San Francisco, CA 26 July 1942

San Francisco, California.

Based Shipdham 1943 – September 1943

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Benina September 1943 – 1 October 1943

Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Baled out POW North of Weiner Neustadt 1 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 51251

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 1 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2020 10:32:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29437562
https://www.fold3.com/image/626956421
https://www.fold3.com/record/90750330-j-r-bell

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 21:20:10 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 136-138, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 299 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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