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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 DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1451 BeerbowerDon M CaptainO-730341USAPilotUSAAF354th Fighter Group353rd Fighter Squadron: Cobras
1944-06-14P-47 Thunderbolt1.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1452 BeesleyJoseph Frances TerenceFlying OfficerJ278539th August 1922 in Smithers, British ColumbiaCanadianPilotRCAFBomber Command426 (Thunderbird) Sqn RCAF
1944-06-05HalifaxIIILW382OW{OLinton on Ouse01:59Coastal Battery HoulgateThe aircraft was outbound when it exploded in mid air. It crashed near RAF Bircham Newton. The primary cause of the accident was obscure. The aircraft caught fire in the air then exploded while still airborne and before any member of the crew could bale out.KilledBrookwood Military Cemetery Plot 49 Row G Grave 5
Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of John Joseph and Margaret Anne Tryphena (née Heffernan) Beesley of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
1453 BeesonJohn LeslieFlying OfficerAus/427427Age 26AustraliaPilotRAAFBomber Command158 Sqd
1945-02-07Halifax IIINP973NP-QRAF Lissett, East Riding of Yorkshire1911GochSee archive report for further detailsKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Collective grave 17. D. 12-15Born 25th December 1918 at Freemantle. Enlisted 14th July 1942. Posted into the squadron from 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit on the 17th August 1944. Son of Sydney Arthur (died 18th May 1974, age 92) and Catherine Maud Mary Beeson (died 12th September 1958, age 68), of Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia and husband of Nonie Teresa Beeson, of Mount Hawthorn. Grave inscription: 'Our Beloved Husband & Daddy. Nonie, Leslie And Isobel, Perth, W.A. R.I.P'.
1454 BeesonW JSergeantBomber Command635 Sqd
1944-06-15LancasterIIIJB728F2-BDownham Market2338LensCrashed near Beaurains {Pas-de-Calais}KilledRunnymede
1455 BeesonJ ESergeantBomber Command76 Sqd
1944-06-28HalifaxIIIMZ679MP-CHolme on Spalding Moor2159BlainvilleCrashed at Leages {Aisne}KilledLeages Churchyard
1456 BeesonThomas H CaptainO-022510USAPilotUSAAF362nd Fighter Group377th Fighter Squadron
1944-06-14P-47 Thunderbolt2 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1457 BeethamM JFlight LieutenantBomber Command50 Sqd
1944-12-02LancasterIW4119VN-QSkellingthorpe1510TrainingCrashed at East Kirkby Lincs
1458 BeggR KFlight SergeantRAAFBomber Command576 Sqd
1944-06-24LancasterIIIJB460UL-V2Elsham Wolds151FlersKilledRunnymede
1459 BeggReginald KennethFlight Sergeant419081AustraliaRAAF576 Sqd RAF
1944-06-25RAAF Honour Roll
1460 BehlingGeorge A 1st LtO-826607USAPilotUSAAF357th Fighter Group362nd Fighter Squadron
1944-12-24P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1461 BehrendWilliam W 1st LtO-686535USAPilotUSAAF339th Fighter Group: The Chequers503rd Fighter Squadron
1944-08-06P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1462 BellMaxwell HeronPilot OfficerAUS/405995PilotDFC

RAAFFighter19 Sqd
1944-09-09MustangIIIbFX887Not knownRecceSee archive report for further detailsKilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. Grave IX.A.12Read Archive Report
1463 BellPeter EdwinSergeant Navigator1606089RAFVRBomber Command622 Sqd
1944-11-06LancasterIHE644GI-DRAF Mildenhall, Suffolk1655KoblenzKilledRheinberg War Cemetery Collective Grave 9.C.13-16 Read Archive Report
1464 BellJohn 'Dinger'Flying Officer51820Rear GunnerDFC

RAFVRBomber Command12 Sqd
1944-08-26LancasterILM230PH-ARAF Wickenby2009Kiel See archive report for full details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 204 Read Archive Report
1465 BellAlex JosephFlight Sergeant1580819Age 20W/Op/Air/GunnerRAFVRTraining Command3 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit1944-12-31Avro AnsonIAX538None issued RAF Halfpenny Green, Wolverhampton Training See archive report for further details KilledWellingborough Cemetery (Doddington Road). Section N, Grave 65. Read Archive Report
1466 BellJ IFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command427 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-27HalifaxIIIMZ291ZL-OLeeming300OpladenCrashed on take off Paradie Archive Database
1467 BellCFlying OfficerCanadianBomb AimerRCAFBomber Command431 (Iroquois) Sqn, RCAF
1944-06-16HalifaxIIIMZ537SE:HCroft23:14SterkradeShot down by Nightfighter - Lt. Kristopher of 3/NJG-7 at Tiel, Holland at 01:20.

The Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 - Theo Boiten has a claim by Lt Ludiger Krimphove 3/NJG7 - Tiel: 5,800m at 01:20. Crashed at Puiflijk (Gelderland) about 3 km SW of the small town of Druten, S of the Waal and 19 km WNW of Nijmegen
PoW No. 4791, Stalag Luft 1Paradie Archive DatabaseParadie Archive MZ537
1468 BellD GSergeantRCAFBomber Command432 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-04HalifaxIIILW614QO-SRAF East Moor, YorkshireTrainingEngine failure - Crashed near HacknessKilledParadie Archive DatabaseFor brief details: Read Archive Report
1469 BellTSergeantRCAFBomber Command77 Sqd
1944-06-16HalifaxIIINA524KN-FFull Sutton2310SterkradeCrashed at Berkel {Zuid-Holland}PoW Paradie Archive DatabaseAttacker
1470 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.
1471 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
1472 BellJ P OSergeantBomber Command15 Sqd
1944-06-10LancasterIIILM468LS-FMildenhall2300DreuxCrashed at Ste-Gemme-Moronval {Eure-et-Loir}KilledSte-Gemme-Moronval Churchyard
1473 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
1474 BellD McF FSergeantBomber Command49 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIME675EA-RFiskerton2303WesselingCrashed at Lage Mierde {Noord-Brabant}KilledEindhoven {Woensel}
1475 BellBryan EsmondFlying Officer1514711920PilotRAFVRBomber Command49 Sqn
1944-06-09LancasterIIIND533EA:NFiskerton21:36Etampes Railway JunctionSee Archive ReportKilledBayeux War Cemetery Plot XVI Row C Collective Grave 10
1476 BellR DFlight LieutenantBomber Command51 Sqd
1944-06-10HalifaxIIIMZ343MH-TSnaith1439SterkradeKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery
1477 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
1478 BellF JWarrant OfficerBomber Command83 Sqd
1944-12-21LancasterIIIPB533OL-QConingsby1636PolitzCrashed at Metheringham on returnKilled
1479 BellBewsher EricPilot Officer41653Born on the 15th October 1919New ZealandPilotRAFFighter Command152 Sqd1940-06-06SpitfireIK9896UM-?RAF Acklington, Northumberland2150TransitSee archive report for further brief details Seriously injured - died next dayCatterick Cemetery. C. of E. Sec. Row M. Grave 12

courtesy Jenifer Lemaire

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1480 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
1481 BellinghamK GFlying OfficerBomber Command106 Sqd
1944-06-21LancasterIIILM570ZN-ZMetheringham2315Scholven-BuerCrashed at Rossum {Gelderland}KilledUden War Cemetery Holland
1482 BellmanGeorgeSergeant2216234Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command630 Sqn
1944-06-06LancasterIIIND685LE:QEast Kirkby00:29Rail Communications CaenClaim by Oblt Heinz Rokker 2/NJG2 – 10-50km South West of Caen (UT): 1,000m at 02:42. Also claimed by Flak of 2 & 4/lei Flak Abt 996 and 2/lei Flak Abt 835 (“Unknown aircraft Caen 02:40”). Oblt Rokker’s victory confirmed on 7 September 1944. (Nachtjagd Combat Archives 1944 Part 3 – Theo Boiten).

The aircraft crashed at Franquerville near Caen.
PoWHeld at Wetzlar 06/07/1944-14/07/1944/Stalag Luft VII Bankan near Kruelberg Upper Silesia 19/07/1944 – 27/10/1944/Stalag 344 Lamsdorf/Stalag 7A Moosburg (Isar) 06/03/1945 – 06/04/1945
1483 BeloeP CFlying Officer150172PilotFighter501 Sqd
1944-07-12SpitfireVAD353RecceKilledLa Delivrande War Cemetery Douvres France
1484 BelshawArthur ErnestSergeant1795491Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command12 Sqd
1943-09-06LancasterIED392PH-D2RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire1956Munchen See Archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 142 Read Archive Report
1485 BelshawWilliam DennisFlight Sergeant1808996UKFlight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command619 Sqd
1944-06-22LancasterIME846PG-CDunholme Lodge2301WesselingShot down by flakPoW Accident report
1486 BelyesD GFlight LieutenantBomber Command115 Sqd
1944-08-12LancasterIIIPB127KO-TWitchford2151BraunschweigPoW
1487 BemroseF ESergeantBomber Command90 Sqd
1944-12-21LancasterING323WP-JLossiemouthTransitCrashed at Tuddenham
1488 BenderJosephSergeant1867969Flight Engineer RAFVRBomber Command102 Sqd (Ceylon)
1944-06-16HalifaxIIIMZ642DY-URAF Pocklington, Yorkshire2312Sterkrade See archive report for full details KilledSteenderen Cemetery, Netherlands. Coll. Grave 3-4 Read Archive Report
1489 BenefielRobert E 1st LtO-820204USAPilotUSAAF358th Fighter Group368th Fighter Squadron
1944-12-23P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
1490 BennettFredFlight SergeantAUS/434492W/Op/Air/GunnerRAAFBomber Command218 Sqd
1944-12-31LancasterING330HA-MRAF Chedburgh, Suffolk1115Vohwinkel See archive report for further details KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 1.E.13 Read Archive Report
1491 BennettK E HFlying OfficerRAAFBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1944-12-17LancasterILL847JO-DWaddington1631MunchenCrashed at le Gros-Theil {Eure}Killedle Gros-Theil Communal Cemetery Read Archive Report
1492 BennettBrian CoghlanSquadron Leader413659 October 1917PilotAFC

RAFBomber Command7 Sqd
1944-12-10LancasterIIIPB474MG-LOulton823Wanne-EickelShot down over Lavesum and claimed by the 6th Flak Division. The aircraft was found and recovered from a forest near Heiden in 2015PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug AFC awarded on 31 Mar 1944. Promoted to Air Cdre on 1 Jan 1966. Died 3 Aug 2010
1493 BennettVickers LavenderSergeant1601205W/Op Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command640 Sqd
1944-06-02HalifaxIIIMZ541C8-URAF Leconfield, Yorkshire2223Trappes - railway yardsCrashed Epernon {Eure-et-Loir}KilledEpernon Cemetery. Coll. Grave
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1494 BennettDonald HowardFlying OfficerJ/3788114 June 1920CanadianAir BomberRCAFBomber Command166 Sqd
1944-12-31LancasterIME647AS-JKirmington1510Osterfeld Crashed at Eygelshoven {Limburg} KilledNederweert War Cemetery IV.A.2.Paradie Archive DatabaseMost if not all were brought to Margraten in Holland for Burial, but their graves are now at Nederweert War Cemetery

Son of George Howard Bennett and Eileen Bennett, of Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada.
1495 BennettLloyd DouglasFlight SergeantR/188356Air/BmrRCAFBomber Command625 Sqd
1944-10-14LancasterILL956CF-QRAF Kelsterrn, Lincolnshire628Duisburg See archive report for further information KilledHarrogate Cemetery (Stonefall). Sec. G. Row A. Grave 12 Paradie Archive Database Read Archive Report
1496 BennettR SFlying OfficerRCAFBomber Command626 Sqd
1944-08-12LancasterIIILM599UM-A2Wickenby2139BraunschweigCrashed at WestercellePoWParadie Archive Database
1497 BennettSergeantBomber Command115 Sqd
1941-06-12WellingtonIcR1721KO-RMarham2342HammCrashed near base on return
1498 BennettWilliam GeraldPilot Officer189802Age 21BritishNavigatorRAFVRBomber Command158 Sqd
1945-02-07Halifax IIINP973NP-QRAF Lissett, East Riding of Yorkshire1911GochSee archive report for further detailsKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Collective grave 17. D. 12-15Posted into the squadron from 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit on the 17th August 1944. Son of William G. and Dora Annie Bennett, of West Croydon, Surrey, England.
1499 BennettW RFlight LieutenantPilotFighter453 Sqd RAAF
1944-12-24SpitfireXVISM187NAbandoned near HaquerharlotPoW
1500 BennettR WSergeantBomber Command61 Sqd
1944-12-17LancasterIIILM729QR-VSkellingthorpe1640MunchenCrashed near MunchenKilledDurnbach War Cemetery

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