BELL Charles Henry 118432

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Charles Henry BELL 

Service No: 118432
Born: Kalgoorlie WA, 27 April 1907
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 September 1942
Unit: No. 1 Radio Installation and Maintenance Unit, Adelaide River NT
Died: Ground Accident, Livingstone Airstrip, NT, 23 November 1943, Aged 36 Years
Buried: Adelaide River War Cemetery NT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles and Mabel E. Bell; husband of Lily Augusta Bell, of Claremont, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Kalgoorlie WA
Remembered: Panel 114, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At Livingstone Airstrip at 1645 hours on 23 November 1943, Spitfire BS 300 (Pilot Flying Officer Arthur John Gould (404062) (Pilot)) ran off the runway on take-off and struck a vehicle parked near the runway, killing the occupants, Flying Officer Charles Henry Bell (118432) and Leading Aircraftman Eric Harvey McCarthy (80427).

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll\
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 273

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Spitfire, Mustang and Kittyhawk in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1988