F/Sgt John Bell - 156 Squadron  
   

Flight Sergeant John Bell - RAFVR

 

F/Sgt John "Jack" Bell was serving on board Lancaster MK.III JA-925 coded GT-L for an operation to Berlin on January 1/2, 1944. The aircraft departed from Warboys at 0019hrs but was lost without a trace. The crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.    

 Flight Sergeant John "Jack" Bell RAFVR aged 22 was the son of William and Eileen Bell of Sudden, Lancashire. F/Sgt Bell spent his Christmas leave at the home of  the crew's air gunner, Brinley Hinks before they returned to base for the New Year.

The rest of the crew were:

 

Name Service Age Hometown
S/L Rowland Fawcett -DFC RAF - Duncan, B.C, Canada
P/O Roland Bowen RAF 23 Bridgenorth, Shropshire
P/O Geoffrey Vickers - DFC RAFVR 22 Castleford, Yorkshire
P/O Percy Lyford - DFC RAFVR 21 Willesden Green,Middx
F/S George Headley RAFVR 19 Hull
F/S Brinley Hinks RAFVR 20

Abercynon,Glamorgan

 

 
 

Photo courtesy of Lynne Lewis & Maureen Carter, research by Linda Ibrom.