Bell, David John DFC


War Service:
Squadron Leader DAVID JOHN BELL, DFC, RAFVR, died on 3 June 1942, aged 30. He took off from RAF Cottesmore to carry out an air test on an Airspeed Oxford with three airmen as passengers. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed near Greetham.

The award of his Distinguished Flying Cross was announced in the London Gazette of 18 November 1941 while he was serving with No. 44 Squadron RAF.

He is buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas, Cottesmore, Rutland.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at St Bartholomew’s church, Sydenham.

He was the son of Charles and Maud Frances Bell and husband of Winifred Emma Bell, of Sydenham.

Note: A war memorial was proposed by The Forest Hill and Sydenham Rovers (Scouts) and Squadron Leader Bell's name was proposed (note dated 7.11.1948 signed by Ron Rushbrook, District Rover Scout Leader).

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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