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Kenneth C Bell

Military

Assigned to 93TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy, hit by flak and set on fire, pilot 2nd Lt Marvin F Muir held his burning aircraft under control until the paratroopers aboard could exit, sacrificing himself and his crew. Crashed St Mere Eglise. Killed in Action (KIA). 6-Jun-44. MACR 7289.

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Marvin Muir

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 93TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy, hit by flak and set on fire, pilot 2nd Lt Marvin F Muir held his burning aircraft under control until the paratroopers aboard could exit, sacrificing himself and...

Aircraft

  • 42-100876

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 93TCS, 493TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy, hit by flak and set on fire, pilot 2nd Lt Marvin F Muir held his burning aircraft under control until the paratroopers aboard could exit, sacrificing himself and...

Associated Place

  • Upottery

    Military site : airfield
    Known locally as Smeatharpe, Upottery was built during 1943-44 potentially as a USAAF medium bomber, or reconnaissance or transport base. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Opened in February 1944 and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Howard County, IN, USA 29 January 1919

Son of Margaret M Bell-Fox.

Lived in Henry County, IN, USA 1941
Enlisted Lafayette, IN, USA 11 November 1942
Based Upottery 1943 – 6 June 1944

Assigned to 93TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Died NE of Sainte-Mère-Église, France 6 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) D-day mission to Normandy, hit by flak and set on fire, pilot 2nd Lt Marvin F Muir held his burning aircraft under control until the paratroopers aboard could exit, sacrificing himself and his crew. Crashed St Mere Eglise. KIA. 6-Jun-44. MACR 7289.

Buried 50480 Sainte-Mère-Église, France 7 June 1944

Interred
Field Burial
St Mere Eglise

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Buried Poplar Grove, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA 1948

Re-Interred
Mound Cemetery
Poplar Grove
Howard County
Indiana, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2017 09:04:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762973/?terms=Kenneth%20C%20Bell
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https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43143257
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-100876&Submit6=Go
https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440606-11
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=729&MemID...
C-47/R4D Units of the ETO and MTO By David Isby

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