Thomas Lynn Bell

media-18568.png UPL 18568 Crew #637
John S. Archer, Jr. Crew
466th BG - 786th BS

Standing Left to Right: Thomas L. Bell (CP), John S. Archer (P), Doyle E. Stegall (B), Norman Peck (N)

Kneeling Left to Right: William A. Lowen (FE), Donald E. McCarty (R/O), Robert J. Lehman (NTG), Harry A. Clark (WG), John M. Capps (TG), Edward B. Philo (TTG)

This crew was shot down by Me109's over the Netherlands on 15 August 1944. Archer, Bell, Peck, Lehman and Philo were all KIA. McCarty, Lowen and Capps were all captured. Clark successfully evaded capture. Stegall was not aboard when the crew were shot down however the 466th BG Ammunition Officer ,William Leslie was aboard and was also captured.

Object Number - UPL 18568 - Crew #637 John S. Archer, Jr. Crew 466th BG - 786th BS Standing Left to Right: Thomas L. Bell (CP), John S. Archer (P), Doyle E. Stegall (B),...

Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449


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Units served with

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-809346
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: True Love
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron


Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120


Event Location Date Description


Utah, USA 11 September 1922


Salt Lake City, UT, USA 5 January 1943


west of Steenwijk, Netherlands 15 August 1944 KIA when his a/c was shot down by German fighters.


8341 Steenwijkerwold, Netherlands 19 August 1944 buried as "unknown" Kerkbuurt Cemetery Grave #5
Salt Lake City, UT, USA 1231 Pacific Avenue


San Bruno, CA, USA Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno San Mateo County California, USA Plot: J, 857


Date26 Oct 2015 01:20:34
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466th BG Historian

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8429 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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