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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203124
Last updated: 13 February 2021
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Date:27-DEC-1944
Time:12:00
Type:Hawker Typhoon Mk IB
Owner/operator:439 (Westmount) Sqn RCAF
Registration: MP145
C/n / msn: 5V-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near St-Vith -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:B.78 Eindhoven NL
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hit by flak and small arms fire in cooling system during straffing attack. Wingman noticed smoke and flames coming from radiator and instructed pilot to abandon aircraft. Pilot baled out but hit head on tailplane and was seen to drift down motionless under chute leading to squadron mates' fears he might be seriously injured of dead. Pilot was merely temporarily knocked unconscious, he landed behind enemy lines and was taken prisonner.
Pilot was J/44311 F/O Bernard Ernest Bell (RCAF)

Sources:

439 SQN archives - Flight/mission logs from DND archival microfilms
Paradie RCAF database http://www.aircrewremembered.com/ParadieArchiveDatabase/?q=bell
Back to Normandy https://backtonormandy.org/my-page/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hawker-typhoon/110614-4152436.html
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=mp145&qand=&exc1=&exc2=
https://www.thetyphoonproject.org/439/Bernard-Bell.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Dec-2017 17:52 tachel Added
13-Feb-2021 15:56 tachel Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2021 15:57 tachel Updated [Time]

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