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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R Bell


Ralph Bell was born in Newcastle in 1915 and joined the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice in January 1931, passing out in December 1933. He later remustered as an Air Gunner.

He was serving with 219 Squadron at Catterick in June 1940.

On 2nd August 1940 he was in Blenheim L8962 which overshot the runway at RAF Leeming during a practice landing without flaps. The pilot, P/O WGM Lambie, deliberately raised the undercarriage to avoid running on to the Great North Road. Both men were unhurt.

Bell was still serving with 219 in November 1940.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented but he survived the war and died on 17th September 2005.




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