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    Hello,

    Would like to have more information, on S/L E I J Bell DFC pilot and Flight Commander in 627 Squadron, became Pow at the beginning of 1944.

    Thank you for your help .

    Alain.

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    Hi Alain,

    "Footprints on the sands of time" has him lost in Mosquito DK293 on an op to Frankfurt on the 8/9 Jan 1944 and sent to Luft 3 pow number 3294. His Navigator F/O J R B Battle a pow also sent to Luft 3 pow 3292.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hi John !

    Thanks for these details, would you know something about the Navigator Leader of 627 Squadron, S/L W W M Deboos DFC, he was australian ....

    Alain

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    Hi Alain,

    S/L W W M DeBoos 401085 after training went to 139 Sqn on the 28/9/43 and then to 627 Sqn on the 27/11/43 for a short period before going to HQ 8 Group on 11/12/43 and then back to 627 Sqn on 16/4/44 until 4/12/44 awarded the DFC on 23/5/44 and a bar 16/1/45 and PFF badge 21/11/44.

    His file is on line at the NAA (National Archive Australia) in Canberra, so you can print off a copy if you want.

    Regards,

    John.

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    BELL, Edward Inherman Jordan, A/S/L (43090, Royal Air Force) - No.12 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943. Following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 9511.

    "This officer has participated in operational sorties over many heavily defended targets, including Berlin, Kiel and the Ruhr. These attacks have invariably been completed with courage and skill. Squadron Leader Ball has set a fine example to his Flight and Squadron. His leadership has contributed in no small measure to their successes."

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    Alain,

    You will find some brief biographical details on De Boos here:

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11819942

    As noted, De Boos did a stint in the Middle East. Although born in Wakefield, England, on 30-12-1917, his father was very much an Australian who was serving abroad in the 1st AIF at the time. De Boos passed away at Lismore, NSW, on 20-3-2006.

    Col
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    Thank you Alan, Hugh and Col,

    concerning Deboos, he apparently was still flying with 627 squadron between december 43 to april 44, he was the Navigator for W/C Roy Elliott the C/O of 627 .
    He did 9 operations between the time you mention .He was Navigator leader .

    Concerning S/L Bell , perhaps someone of the board has his pow report ??

    Alain.

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    Do you think that S/L E I J Bell DFC could have been in family with the football player Edward Inkerman Jordan Bell MC killed in 1918 in La Somme ??
    They carry same names ! Perhaps his son ??

    Alain.

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    Still researching on S/L E I J Bell DFC I found that he was an Army Officer commissioned from Sandhurst in 1938.
    He volunteered for pilot training and was given a temporary commission in RAF in 1940.
    In 1941 he had to ditch in the sea off the Spain where he was interned, until rapatriation the following year.
    He was also commended for devotion to duty when involved in a mid air collision with another aircraft.
    After released from the POW camp he came back to the Army.In 1948 was qualified as Glider pilot. Served in Korea with 1st Battallion as a Company Commander.
    He retired as Major in 1961 .
    He died on 28 may 1993 aged 74 .

    Would be very interested to find more on its ditching in 1941, and about the air collision ....If you have something in your drawer about these .....

    Alain with his thanks.

    Thank you , Alain.

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    Found finally that Bell ditched Wellington Z8722 of OADU on 20 June 1941 doing a delivery flight from Hampstead Norris to Middle east via Gibraltar.
    The ditching took place near Aguilas.All the crew being interned until March 1942 .

    Alain.

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