Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
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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...
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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...
|Born||Pocatello, ID, USA||22 April 1923|
|Enlisted||Salt Lake City, UT, USA||28 November 1942|
|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||Pocatello, ID, USA||31 July 2012|
Restlawn Memorial Gardens
|16 April 2015 01:56:12||466thHistorian||Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations|
466th BG Historian
|27 September 2014 18:26:22||AAM||AAM ingest|
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