Charles Henry BELL


BELL, Charles Henry

Service Number: 118432
Enlisted: 14 September 1942
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: RAAF Station Darwin
Born: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 27 April 1907
Home Town: Claremont, Claremont, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental, Livingstone Field, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, 23 November 1943, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 118432
14 Sep 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, Air and Ground Radio School
23 Nov 1943: Involvement Flying Officer, RAAF Station Darwin

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Charles and Mabel Bell

Husband of Lily Augusta Bell of Claremont, WA


Flying Officer Charles Henry Bell 118432 & Leading Aircraftman Eric Harvey McCarthy 80427 were killed when Spitfire BS300 veered off the runway during take-off from Livingstone Field, Darwin, NT and collided with their vehicle.  Both men were from Number 1 Radio Installation & Maintenance Unit (1RIMU), 44 Radar Wing.  The pilot, FLGOFF Gould 404062 of Number 457 Squadron, was uninjured.