Verl W Bell

Military
media-15050.jpeg UPL 15050 Crew #778
Elmer S. Anderson Crew
466th BG - 787th BS

Standing Left to Right - Harry F. Faggetter (N), Elmer S. Anderson (P), Unidentified person, Edward G. Mello (FE), Andrew W. Jesinkowski (WG)

Kneeling Left to Right: Calvin T. Morton (CP), William R. Taylor (TG), Verl W. Bell (BT)

Sitting in Front: Harry L. Lewis (G)

466th BG Historian
Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Object Number - UPL 15050 - Crew #778 Elmer S. Anderson Crew 466th BG - 787th BS Standing Left to Right - Harry F. Faggetter (N), Elmer S. Anderson (P), Unidentified...

See pilot for list of missions.

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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

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2057209
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Lady
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron

Places

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

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Pocatello, ID, USA 22 April 1923

Enlisted

Salt Lake City, UT, USA 28 November 1942

Other

466th BG Combat Tour

Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 7 March 1945 - 18 April 1945

Died

Pocatello, ID, USA 27 June 2012 Pocatello - Verl W. Bell passed this life to be with his blue-eyed blond, Beulah, parents, brothers, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter on Friday, July 27, 2012. What a marvelous reunion he is having with many who preceded him in death. He passed away at Portneuf Medical Center due to congestive heart failure. He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Leonard and Adna Byington on April 22, 1923. He was the first born of three boys and one girl. He was a life-long resident of Pocatello, Idaho and graduated from Pocatello High School along with his sweetheart, Beulah Stuart Bell. Their romance of two years along with 65 years of marriage culminated in 67 years of love and happiness. They were married on October 24, 1942 and sealed for all eternity in the Logan Temple on May 4, 1943. After only one month of marriage, Verl left to serve in World War II. The Bell's were blessed with two girls and four boys (one set of twins). His children agree that their best memories were centered around the A&W Root Beer stand where they were taught incredible work ethics by their father and also the fond memories they have of the time spent at their family cabin at Island Park. Verl enjoyed gardening so much and had a garden every year until his passing. He loved to golf, snow ski, fish, hunt and to go snowmobiling and boating with the family. Verl loved to tell his children and grandchildren of his service in World War II. He served in the Air Corps Glider Mechanics and as a Turret Gunner. He flew 18 B-24 combat missions. The Bells owned and operated several local businesses including Bell Trucking, A&W Root Beer Stand and 39 Flavors/Stinker Gas. Verl was a retired custodian for the LDS Seminary and also drove part-time for Enterprise Car Rental.

Buried/ Commemorated

Pocatello, ID, USA 31 July 2012 Restlawn Memorial Gardens Pocatello Bannock County Idaho, USA

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book 'Attlebridge Arsenal' by Wassom & Brassford, page 343

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