Database :: Aircraft Serials :: Aircraft Losses

Serial (AZ-9999) -
A-Z 1-2-3-4 -
Aircraft Name - Display: by Series Or Individually
Walrus I  L2312 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Walrus I  L2312


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 18 Jun 40 Aircraft Name Walrus I Serial Number L2312
Unit 10 RAAF Operating Airfield Country
Aircrew details
Details
Source Henk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/987Temporary Corporal B F Nowell report of death; Walrus L2312 crashed whilst on a secret mission to the north coast of France, 18 June 1940.C14502438

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Walrus I L2312

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight LieutenantJohn Napier BELL (162) Walrus I L2312  Forum Post 1940-06-18810 Sqdn AIR27 FrancePloudaniel Churchyard
SergeantCharles William HARRIS (1730) Walrus I L2312  Forum Post 1940-06-18810 Sqdn AIR27 FrancePloudaniel Churchyard
CorporalBernard Felix NOWELL (565931) W.E. Mechanic Walrus I L2312  AIR81/987 1940-06-18810 Sqdn AIR27 FrancePloudaniel Churchyard


Search Google for Walrus I  L2312


Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

ThreadPost TextAuthor
First RAAF Casualty in Coastal CommandHi Dean, 18/06/40 15 Group Communications Flight Walrus I L2312 F/L J N Bell RAAF Sgt C W Harris RAAF Hit embankment on landing in field on intelligence mission and overturned at Keranov, France. Destroyed by fire. Both crewmen were from No.10 (RAAF) Sqn) Both F/L Bell and Sgt Harris rest in Ploudaniel Churchyard. Regards Ross ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 26th July 2008 09:55:34
1940 rescue of Charles de Gaulle family by the RAFGoogle tells: books.google.com/books?isbn=0714653160 http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/10_RAAF_squadron.html Type: Walrus Serial number: L2312 (from No. 15 group Communication Flight) Operation: Evacuation De Gaulle family Lost: 18/06/1940 Flight Lieutenant John N. Bell, RAAF 162, [RAAF 10 Sqdn.], age 24, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, (near Brest) F Sergeant Charles W. Harris, RAAF 1730, [RAAF 10 Sqdn.], age 31, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, F Captain Norman E. Hope, Intelligence Corps 141140, Legion d' Honneur, age unknown, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, F Corporal (W.E. Mech.) Bernard F. Nowell, RAF 565931, 810 Sqdn., age 25, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, F Left Mount Batten at 02.00 hrs. http://www.absa39-45.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Finistere/Walrus%20L2312/walrus_l2312.html http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/raf1939/2/belljohn.html ....Read More.dennis_burke on 8th November 2011 12:11:49
1940 rescue of Charles de Gaulle family by the RAFWith the help of Dennis's kind leads, I have found the following information: Evacuation De Gaulle family, 18 June 1940 On 17 June 1940, the day her husband escaped to England, Madame De Gaulle and her children were at Carantec on the north coast of Brittany. They had taken refuge there with an aunt after leaving the family home at Colombey Les Deux Eglises about a month before. The Germans were advancing fast towards Western France, and when General De Gaulle reached London, he asked that urgent steps be taken to rescue his wife and family. The decision was taken with Winston Churchill's agreement to send a plane with an SOE intelligence officer who was fluent in French to carry out this rescue. On 17 June, Captain Norman Hope travelled with his orders to RAF Mount Batten, a Coastal Command base near Plymouth, and was directed to a Supermarine Walrus, an amphibious aircraft with a crew of three, Flt Lt John Napier Bell, RAAF, Sgt Charles Harris, RAAF and Cpl Bernard Nowell, RAF. The purpose of the flight was so secret that no one at the base knew where the aircraft was going. Norman's briefing was to his crew only. They took off at 0300 hrs on 18 June 1940 with the intention of reaching Carantec at dawn. They crossed the Breton coast about 20km west of Carantec, and it is believed they were fired on by the Germans or possibly the French. Having been hit,the pilot was attempting to land in a field close to Ploudaniel, about 18km inland, when the plane hit a low embankment, turned over and burst into flames killing the crew. Madame de Gaulle knew nothing of this attempt to rescue her and with her children, was eventually found room on the last boat to leave Brest before the Germans arrived. (source BBC 'Peoples War' WW2) As no further advice received regarding Walrus No. L2312 which left Mountbatten for North Brittany on 18th June, 1940 at 0300 hrs, the personnel have officially been posted as "missing". (source No. 10 Sqdn, ORB 20 June 1940, page 71) BELL, John Napier, Flight Lieutenant 162 10 Sqn age 24 RAAF Grave 4. PLOUDANIEL CHURCHYARD HARRIS, Charles William, Sergeant 1730 10 Sqn age 31 RAAF Grave 2. PLOUDANIEL CHURCHYARD NOWELL, Bernard Felix Corporal 565931 810 Sqn age 25 RAF Grave 3. PLOUDANIEL CHURCHYARD HOPE, Norman, Edward, Captain 141140 Intelligence Corps, Grave 1. PLOUDANIEL CHURCHYARD (source CWGC) ....Read More.namrondooh on 8th November 2011 05:06:09
Squadron codes/single letterHello, I'm looking to complete some loss of aircraft where I lack the personal letter in the squadron. 18/06/1940 Walrus Mk. I L2312 Coded ZA-? 10 Squadron 19/12/1942 Harrow Mk. K7011 Coded BJ-?. 271 Squadron 29/02/1944 Spitfire Mk. LF IX MJ853 Coded GW-?. 340 Squadron GC 4/2-Ile de France 17/03/1944 Spitfire Mk. IX MJ602 Coded NL-? .341 Squadron Alsace 27/04/1942 Havoc Mk. I AW398 Coded. YP-?. 23 Squadron 08//08/1944 Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle Mk. ST.I Srs.2 P1501. Coded 7C-?. 296 Squadron ....Read More.dan35 on 18th November 2013 04:48:25
Squadron codes/single letterHello, Walrus L2312 was never on No.10 Sqn RAAF strength. L2312 was borrowed from No.15 Group Communications Flight, Mount Batten and was lost on 18 June, 1940, attempting to rescue General de Gaulle's family from France. The aircraft crashed in fog at Kerbiquet, less than a mile from Keranou. The following crew were all killed in the crash: AUS162 F/Lt (Captain/Pilot) John Napier BELL RAAF + (No.10 Sqn RAAF) AUS1730 Sgt (Obs.) Charles William HARRIS RAAF (No.10 Sqn RAAF) 565931 Cpl. (W.E.M.) Bernard Felix NOWELL RAF + (No.810 Sqn.) 141140 Capt. Norman Edward HOPE Intelligence Corps + They are buried in the grounds of St Yves Church, Ploudaniel, France. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 19th November 2013 04:07:44
Squadron codes/single letterHello, Thank you for your answers. The Walrus Mk I L2312 therefore belongs to No.15 Communications Group flight. There is an ORB? On this page it says Unit: No. 10 Squadron RAAF [URL]http://aircrewremembered.com/bell-john.html[/URL] ....Read More.dan35 on 19th November 2013 05:11:28
Squadron codes/single letterHello Ken Merrick in "flights of the forgottten" devotes a few lines about Walrus I L2312 and confirms what has been written above, members of No. 10 (RAAF) Squadron flying a No. 15 Group communication flight Walrus. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 23rd November 2013 07:41:14
Walrus 15 GCF, June 1940.Hello to all, First, wishing you a very good year 2014, full of new discoveries ! On Ken Baff (10th RAAF) book “Maritime is number ten”, a black and white picture of Walrus L2312 exists. This plane crashed in my area of Brittany on June 18th 1940 at around 4 am. A monument now exists for that crew that crashed on Ploudaniel commune. Some contacts with relatives were made, and a new ceremony should be made there this year. Some remains were also found, and will be displayed in a museum at Carantec, where this crew including a SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) member was supposed to bring back to England Mrs De Gaulle and her children. Several things should be written both in English and in french Would a crew of four, with two adults and three children seem possible to take off from the water ? Would anyone know anything about the scheme colour of 15 Group Connection Flight Walrus in mid-1940 ?. Any other existing picture of L2312 ? Also sent on the Lemb site, any existing Luftwaffe claim North of Brest for that night of June 18th 1940 ? Thanks for your help. Gildas ....Read More.Gildas on 11th January 2014 04:02:13
Walrus 15 GCF, June 1940.Thanks a lot Ross. Sorry for the mistake, it was of course "communication". One relative of Walrus L2312 crew member thought this plane was made for training, and painted yellow. (for a Australian friend, the yellow Walrus would have only been for a use in the Artic. Your answer means that a yellow colour can't be possible. On the know picture it doesn't seem to be light grey, more medium. Your thoughts ? Thanks again Gildas ....Read More.Gildas on 11th January 2014 04:00:08
Walrus 15 GCF, June 1940.Hello Gildas, This is what I know: 18/06/1940: Evacuation De Gaulle family On 17 June 1940, the day her husband escaped to England, Madame De Gaulle and her children were at Carantec on the north coast of Brittany. They had taken refuge there with an aunt after leaving the family home at Colombey Les Deux Eglises about a month before. The Germans were advancing fast towards Western France, and when General De Gaulle reached London, he asked that urgent steps be taken to rescue his wife and family. The decision was taken with Winston Churchill's agreement to send a plane with an SOE intelligence officer who was fluent in French to carry out this rescue. On 17 June, Captain Norman Hope travelled with his orders to a Coastal Command base near Plymouth, and was directed to a Supermarine Walrus, an amphibious aircraft with a crew of three, Flt Lieut John Bell, RAAF, Sgt Charles Harris, RAAF and Cpl Bernard Nowell, RAF. The purpose of the flight was so secret that no one at the base knew where the aircraft was going. Norman's briefing was to the crew only. They took off at about 0300 on 18 June with the intention of reaching Carantec at first light. They crossed the Breton coast about 20km west of Carantec, and it is believed they were fired on by the Germans or possibly the French. Having been hit,the pilot was attempting to land in a field close to Ploudaniel, about 18km inland, when the plane hit a low embankment, burst into flames and all four men were killed. Madame de Gaulle knew nothing of this attempt to rescue her. She and her children found room on the last boat to leave Brest before the Germans arrived. Source: BBC WW2 People's War: Rescueing Madame De Gaulle Type: Walrus Serial number: L2312 (from No. 15 group Communication Flight) Operation: Evacuation De Gaulle family Lost: 18/06/1940 Flight Lieutenant John N. Bell, RAAF 162, [RAAF 10 Sqdn.], age 24, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, (near Brest) F Sergeant Charles W. Harris, RAAF 1730, [RAAF 10 Sqdn.], age 31, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, F Captain Norman E. Hope, Intelligence Corps 141140, Legion d' Honneur, age unknown, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, F Corporal (W.E. Mech.) Bernard F. Nowell, RAF 565931, 810 Sqdn., age 25, 18/06/1940, Ploudaniel Churchyard, F Left Mount Batten at 02.00 hrs. 20/06/1940, 10 Sqdn. ORB (page 71): 'As no further advice received regarding Walrus No. 2312 which left for NORTH BRITTANY on 18th June, 1940, the personnel was officially posted as "missing".' See also: Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008 Sir Edward Spears. Two Men who saved France. 1966 [url]http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/10_RAAF_squadron.html[/url] Regards, Bart ....Read More.Bart FM Droog on 7th February 2014 09:57:09
1940 Unaccounted Airmen Database ReconciliationPilot: Fl/Lt. John Napier Bell AUS162 R.A.A.F. Age 24. Killed Fl/Eng: Sgt. Charles William Harris AUS1730 R.A.A.F. Age 31. Killed Nav: Cpl.Bernard Felix Nowell 565931 R.A.F. Age 25. Killed Passenger: Cptn. Norman Edward Hope 141140 Intelligence Corps. Killed Also see [url]http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=L2312[/url] AUSTRALIAN AIRMEN MISSING. Service in England. MELBOURNE Wednesday The first R.A.A.F. casulaty list was issued to-day by the Air Board. It contains the names of a pilot and air observer officially posted as missing on active service overseas while engaged in special operations against the enemy. They are :— Flight-Lieut. J. N. Bell, of Farina (S.A.), and Sergt. K. W. Harris, 34 Cox Street, Wind- sor (N.S.W.), both of No. 10 Squadron serving with the R.A.F. Coastal Command. John Napier Bell, single, 24, was educated at St. Peter's College, Adelaide, and later con- ducted a business with his father. He beccame in Air Force cadet in July, 1936, and was appointed pilot officer in July, 1936, and flying officer in April, 1937. Sergeant Charles William Harris, married, 32, attended Auburn Public School and the Sydney Technical College. He was appren- ticed with an engineering company for six years. He enlisted in the Air Force in Decem- ber, 1939. ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 12th December 2018 04:14:05


The URL for this page is Here is a Clickable Link
Like what you see? You can support this site!