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Beecher Bell




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    Military | Captain | Pilot/Lead Pilot | 458th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 752nd Bomb Squadron
  • 784th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Gobey, TN 9 June 1923
Lived in Anderson County, TN 1942
Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA 8 January 1943
458th BG Combat Tour Horsham St. Faith, UK 6 March 1944 – 8 April 1944

8 combat missions

93rd BG Combat Tour RAF Hardwick 15 April 1944 – 15 August 1944

Dates are approximate

466th BG Combat Tour RAF Attlebridge 30 August 1944 – 26 October 1944

Lead Crew

Died Kingston, TN 24 January 2013

Beecher Bell, 89, of Kingston, died Thursday, January 24, 2013. Mr. Bell was born in Gobi, Tennessee, the son of Robert and Ida Mae Bell. His wife Mary Clemmer Bell preceded him in death. They were happily married for 64 years. Mr. Bell is survived by his children, Lycinda Bell McCormick of Brentwood, TN and Daniel B Bell (Anita); and grandchildren, Collin Bell, Emily Grace Bell, and Robert Tyler Bell of Coronado, CA; brother George Maurice Bell, and sister, Marion Bell Crane of Las Vegas, Nev. He was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Bell was a member of the US Army Air Corps during WWII, serving as a radio operator on board the B24, Flying Fortress (sic, He flew on the B-24 Liberator) he completed 30 missions over Continental Europe and as a result of his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

At the conclusion of WWII, he attended the University of Tennessee where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 1959, he and his family moved to Kingston, Tennessee where he was employed as an administrator and long-time social studies teacher at Roane County High School. After retiring, his interests included genealogy, traveling with his wife, and following University of Tennessee sports.

He will be remembered for his humility and his good heart. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and a friend to many.

Buried 27 January 2013

Bethel Cemetery
Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee, USA


Date Contributor Update
11 April 2020 23:51:26 466thHistorian Changes to awards and events

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2020 23:49:56 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom, page 330

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia