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John E Bell III


Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 19 May 1920
Lived in Louisville, Kentucky 1942
Enlisted Louisville, KY, USA 13 June 1942
Crashed Marianna Municipal Airport (MAI), 3689 Industrial Park Dr, Marianna, FL 32446, USA 7 August 1944

Baled Out Stall or Spin 4 miles N of Marianna AAF, FL Cat 5 damage 2Lt John E Bell, 7-Aug-44.

440807 P-40N 42-23983 2130BU Marianna AAF, Marianna, FL

Based East Wretham 28 March 1945 – September 1945

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 16 August 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Buried Louisville, KY, USA January 2006

Cave Hill Cemetery
Jefferson County

Died Jefferson County, IL, USA 3 January 2006


Date Contributor Update
25 October 2016 15:03:38 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2016 15:01:05 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History