Ernest Bell

29. Mai 1943 Abschuss


29/30.05.1943 No. 35 Squadron Halifax II DT804 TL-C F/O. Hoos


Operation: Wuppertal, Germany


Date: 29/30th May 1943 (Saturday/Sunday)


Unit: No. 35 Squadron


Type: Halifax II


Serial: DT804


Code: TL-C


Base: R.A.F. Graveley, Huntingdonshire


Location: Duras, Limburg, Belgium


Pilot: F/O. Ronald Hoos, 49586. R.A.F.V.R. Age 25. Killed


Fl/Eng: Sgt. Ernest Bell. 548837. R.A.F. Age 25. Killed


Nav: Sgt. John Gerard Kennedy. 1083975. R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed


Nav/Air/Bmr: Sgt. Ronald William Hodge. 1097285. R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed


W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. J. Davidson. P.O.W. No. 112. Camp Stalag Luft VI – Heydekrug


Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alexander Tannock. 1361367. R.A.F.V.R. Age 20. Killed


Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alexander Munro Taylor. 1561460. R.A.F.V.R. Age 22. Killed




Halifax DT804 took off from R.A.F. Graveley at 22.20hrs to attack the town of Wuppertal. The aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter Lt. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, II. /NJG1 and crashed at 01.43hrs coming down at Duras, Limburg. This aircraft was one of 718 to take part in this very successful attack with very accurate bombing causing much damage and large fires. Four aircraft from 35 Squadron were lost that evening with the loss of 15 lives and 14 taken as POW. Twenty nine other aircraft were also lost on this operation




F/O. Hoos, Sgt. Bell, Sgt. Kennedy, Sgt. Hodge, Sgt. Tannock and Sgt. Taylor (pictures courtesy of Vicky Fifield)




Sgt. Taylor is remembered on the Lossiemouth War Memorial (picture courtesy of Kate Tame)


Burial details:


The crew were first buried in Duras cemetery on the 1st June 1943 and then in 1945 were reinterred in Heverlee War Cemetery


F/O. Ronald Hoos. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave Ref. 4. C. 5. Son of George and Jean Brodie Hoos of Liverpool. Husband of Alice Mary Hoos of Waterloo, Liverpool. At the time of his death Ronald’s address was 17 Balmoral Avenue, Crosby, Liverpool, England.


Sgt. Ernest Bell. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave Ref. 4. C. 6. Son of Arthur and Nancy Bell of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Stepson of Alice Bell of Cliftonville, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Sgt. John Gerard Kennedy. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave Ref. Joint grave 4 C. 9-10. No further information as yet


Sgt. Ronald William Hodge. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave Ref. Joint grave 4 C. 9-10. Son of Henry and Ellen Hodge of Moreton, Cheshire, England.


Sgt. Alexander Tannock. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave Ref. 4. C. 8. Son of James McCormack Tannock and Mary Duncan Tannock of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.


Sgt. Alexander Munro Taylor. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium. Grave Ref. 4. C. 7. Son of James Alexander Taylor and Mary Ogilivie Taylor of Lossiemouth, Morayshire. His brother John also died on service. Alexander is remembered on the Lossiemouth War Memorial


Researched by: Kate Tame for Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew


Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Vicky Fifield, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W. R. Chorley – Bomber Command Losses 1943, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt – Bomber Command War Diaries, Imperial War Museum, Donald Stewart – Lossiemouth War Memorial

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