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SGT  John A. BELL

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: WG

Sgt John A. Bell WG on Lt Ryan Crew.  Courtesy of Phil Samponaro 

John Bell WG on  Lt Ryan Crew escape and evasion photo. Courtesy of Phil Samponaro 

Cadet photo of John A. Bell  Courtesy of Phil Samponaro 

SERIAL #: STATUS: NOC
MACR:

Comments1: 24 MAY 44 BERLIN (CREW 79 PL 97071) (MICH)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT WILLIAM A. RYAN, JR.         P CPT 3 SEP 44 BREST
2ND LT ROBERT W. MAU               CP NOC
2ND LT MICHAEL G. KOBASKY     NAV CPT  3 SEP 44 BREST
2ND LT ROBERT E. NIETZ           BOM CPT 3 SEP 44 BREST TAPS: 29 MAY 1976
S/SGT ALBERT G. HEALY            ROG CPT 3 SEP 44 BREST
S/SGT KENNETH E. FOSTER        TTE CPT 3 SEP 44 BREST
SGT JOSEPH F. KEENAN              BTG CPT 3 SEP 44 BREST
SGT OSCAR A. RILEY, JR.            WG CPT 3 SEP 44 BREST TAPS: 25 NOV 1967
SGT JOHN A. BELL                      WG NOC    TAPS: 10 SEP 1976 (taken off crew after May 31 1944 mission)
SGT JOSEPH W. ROBSTOCK          TG CPT 3 SEP 44 BREST TAPS: 10 FEB 1981

418TH SQDN. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 12 APR 1944.  CREW FLEW "ANDY'S DANDY'S"

Mssions of Sgt Bell before coming off the crew, reason unknown: 
DATE:       LAST_NAME: FIRST_NAME: RANK:      POSITION:         TARGET:                      CREW_NBR:         MISSION_NBR:   PLANE_NBR:
  5/1/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         SAARGUEMINES/WIZERNES         79                          110         97090
  5/7/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         BERLIN                                     79                           111         97071
  5/8/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         BERLIN & LaGLACERIE                 79                          112         38175
  5/9/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         LAON/COUVRON; ANTHIES          79                          114         97071
5/19/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         BERLIN                                      79                          118         97071
5/20/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         BRUSSELS                                  79                          119         97071
5/24/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         BERLIN                                      79                          121         97071
5/25/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         BRUSSELS                                  79                          122         107011
5/27/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         STRASBOURG                             79                          123         97071
5/31/1944         BELL         J.A.         S/SGT         RWG         OSNABRUCK                               79                          127         97071

 Mission Log of William A. Ryan Crew (Courtesy of Joseph F. Keenan)

 Date  Target     Aircraft #
 4/26/44 Brunswick    97071
 4/27/44 Flottemanville    97071
 4/28/44 Sottevast    97071
 4/29/44 Berlin     97071
 5/1/44  Wizernes    97071
 5/7/44  Berlin     97071
 5/8/44  Berlin     97071
 5/9/44  Laon     97071
 5/19/44 Berlin     97071
 5/24/44 Berlin     97071
 5/25/44 Brussels    97071
 5/27/44 Stasbourg    97071
 5/31/44 Osnabruck    97071
 6/2/44  Archeres    97071
 6/4/44  Boulogne    97071
 6/5/44  Boulogne    97071
 6/6/44  D-Day     97071
 6/7/44  Nantes     97071
 6/11/44 Brecke-Sur-Mer   97071
 6/18/44 Brunsbuttkoog    97071
 6/20/44 Fallersleben    97071
 6/29/44 Bohlen     97071
 7/6/44  Fleury     97071
 7/7/44  Mersburg    97071
 7/8/44  Le Lente    97071
 7/11/44 Munich     97071
 7/12/44 Munich     97071
 7/14/44 Haute-Savoie Maquis Drop  97071
 7/17/44 Montgourney    97071
 8/2/44  Beautor    97071
 8/3/44  Troyes     97071
 8/4/44  Hamburg    97071
 8/8/44  St. Sylvain    97071
 8/14/44 Ludwigshafen    97071
 9/3/44  Brest     97071


 
 
Subj: FW: 100th_BG_Historian 
Date: 7/1/2001 10:32:11 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: janr@cei.net (Jan Riddling)To: MPFaley@aol.com (BMike Faley)  
here it is-----Original Message-----From: Robert P. Ryan [mailto:rryan@guamcell.net]Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2001 3:35 AMTo: Jan RiddlingSubject: Re: 100th_BG_HistorianCorrected Copy - Corrected a couple of minor transcription errors.JanHere are the details of my father's missions which he wrote into a smallnotebookthat I presume he carried with him. I have transcribed it just as he wroteit, inform, punctuation and capitalization

.#1 April 25, 1944
Dijon, France Airfield
10-500 pound G.P. Bombs
Flack over Paris and coast on return

#2 Wed, April 26, 1944
 Brunswick, Germany
42-100 lb Inc.
Heavy flack two holes in shipAlt 19000 ftP.F.F.

#3 Thurs, April 27, 1944
Rocket Installation at Cherbourg, France
Heavy flack
Bomb load 16-500 lb G.P. Armor Piercing Alt 20,000ft

#4 Friday, April 28, 1944
Heavy weapon installation at Cherbourg, France
Very Heavy Flack Lost Colonel (Kelly)
Bomb load 6-1000 lb G.P.Altitude 21,000ft

#5 Saturday, April 29 1944
Berlin, Germany
Heavy Flack
Bomb Load 3-1000 lb G.P., 5-500 lb Inc. Clus.
Ran low on oxygen and gasBomb racks malfunctionAltitude 27,000 ft

#6 Monday, May 1 1944
St. Omer, France
Very little flack
Bomb load 6-1000 lb G.P.Altitude 25,000 ft.

#7 Sun, May 7 1944
Berlin, Germany
Heavy Flack
Bomb Load 10-500 lb G.P.Altitude 25,000 ft.

#8 Mon, May 8, 1944
Berlin, Germany
Super Heavy Flack
Bomb Load 10-500 lb Inc. ClusterAltitude 27,500 ft.

#9 Friday, May 19, 1944
Berlin, Germany
Heavy & Accurate Flack
Bomb Load 5-1000 lb G.P.Altitude 24,000
Attacked by 12 FW 190Bombadier got one on head on attack

#10 Saturday, May 20, 1944 
Brussels, Belgium
Bomb Load 12-500 lb G.P.Altitude 20,000
Flack Inaccurate

#11 Wed, May 24, 1944
Berlin, Germany
Heavy Flack 30 FW 190 attack Lost 9 aircraft
Bomb Load 10-500 lb G.P.Altitude 26,000 ft

#12 Saturday, May 27, 1944
Strasbourg, FranceEngine Factory - Smeared It
Med. Flack
Bomb Load 10-500 lb G.P.Altitude 24,000 ft

#12B Wednesday, May 31, 1944
Osnabruck, GermanyMarshalling yard
Heavy Flack
Bomb load 6-1000 lb G.P.Altitude 24,000 ft

#14 Friday, June 2, 1944
Paris, FranceRailroad Yards
Heavy Flack over target & Seine River on route out
Bomb load 12-500 lb G.P.Altitude 21,000 ft.

#15 Sunday, June 4, 1944
Boulogne, FranceA.A. Installation
Bomb load 12-500 lb G.P.Altitude 24,000 ft
.No Flak

#16 Mon, June 5, 1944
Invasion Coast five miles South of Boulogne, France
Bomb load 12-500 lb G.P.Altitude 25,000 ft
.Light Flak

#17 Tues, June 6, 1944
Invasion Coast at Caen, France
Bombs away at 0719Bomb load 12-500 lb G.P. 2-1000 lb G.P. Ext.Altitude 14,000 ft.

#18 Wed, June 7, 1944
Nantes, FranceR.R. Bridge
Bomb load 2-2000 lb G.P.Altitude 21,000
Med Flak

#19 Sunday, June11, 1944
Gun Emplacement on Coast 20 miles N.W. of Abbyville
Bomb load 22-250 lb G.P.Altitude 21,000

#20 Wed, June 14, 1944
Airfield 20 mi. S.E. of Brussels, France (Did he mean Belgiumhere?)
Bomb load 38-100 lb G.B.Altitude 23,000

#21 Fri, June 16, 1944
Oil Refinery at Bruxbuttlehaven, Germany
Accurate & Heavy Flak
Bomb load 12-500 lb G.P.

#22 Thursday, June 29, 1944
Oil Refinery - Leipzig, Germany
Med. Flak - Very Accurate
Bomb load 20-250 lb G.P.Altitude 23,500Crew knocked down three M.E. 109

#23 Thursday July 6 1944
Critieyl FranceRocket Bomb Ins.
Bomb Load 20-250 lb G.P.No FlakAltitude 24,000

#24 Friday July 7, 1944
Oil RefineryLeipzig Germany
Heavy Flak
Bomb load 10-500 lb G.P.Altitude 27,000 ft

.#25 Saturday July 8, 1944
R.R. Bridge, 
No Flak
Bomb load 2-2000 lb G.P.Altitude 18,500 ft

#26 Tuesday July 11, 1944
Munich Germany
Heavy Flak
Bomb load 5-1000 lb G.P.Altitude 25,000 ft.Lead low sqdn

.#27 Wed. July 12, 1944
Munich Germany
Heavy Flak
Bomb load 4-500 lb G.P. 6-500 lb Inc. Clus.Altitude 26,000 ft.

#28 Friday July 14, 1944
Secret Mission Marquis Drop
Bomb load 12-250 lb Containers
No FlakAltitude 75 ft. above ground

#29 Mon July 17, 1944
Rocket Inst. in France
Bomb load 2-2000 lb G.P.
Heavy accurate flakDamaged wing and engineAltitude 23,000 ft.

#30 Wed. Aug 2, 1944
R.R. BridgeLa Fere France
Light Flak
Bomb load 6-1000 lb G.P.Altitude 19,000 ft.

#31 Thursday Aug 3, 1944
R.R. Junction & Bridge Troyes, France
Light Flak 
Bomb load 20-250 lb G.P.Altitude 15,000ft

#32 Friday Aug 4, 1944
Oil RefineryHamburg Germany
Heavy Flak
Bomb load 20-250 lb G.P.Altitude 24,000 ft.

#33 Aug 8, 1944
St. Sylvain FranceEnemy Lines
Very Heavy Accurate Flak
Bomb load 12-500 lb G.P. 2-1000 lb G.P.External racksAltitude 12,000 ft.

#34 Mon. Aug 14,1944
Ludwigshaven GermanyOil Refinery
Heavy Flack
Bomb Load 6-1000 lb G.P.Altitude 25,000 ft.

#35 Brest FranceSept. 3, 1944
No Flak
Bomb load 12-500 pound S.A.P.Altitude 7,500 feet

Hope this may be useful to you, and you are welcome to post it on the website alongwith Mr. Keenan's information.Thank you, and all of your contemporaries, the greatest generation that haseverlived, for what you did for all of us, who, because of you live in thegreatestcountry that has ever existed on the face of this earth.
Bob Ryan (son of Lt William Ryan)

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 John A. Bell, fourth from the left in the second row. WG on the William A. Ryan, Jr. crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Escape and Evasion photos and Contrails .  Courtesy of Phil Samponaro 

Air Medal of John A. Bell .  Courtesy of Phil Samponaro 

John A. Bell A-2 .  Courtesy of Phil Samponaro 

 William A. Ryan, Jr. crew, Kneeling; L to R, Robert E. Nietz, William A. Ryan, Robert W. Mau, Michael G. Kobasky, Standing; Albert G. Healy, Kenneth E. Foster, Oscar A. Riley, Jr., and John A. Bell. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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