WILLIAM J. BELL, 1LT, USAF

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Bell '51

Date of birth: March 2, 1928

Date of death: October 7, 1952

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

USNA Class of 1951, First Lieutenant Bell was the navigator of a B-26C Invader bomber with the 34th Bomber Squadron, 17th Bomber Wing. On October 7, 1952, while on a day mission, over North Korea, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, burst into flames, crashed and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. First Lieutenant Bell was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

The commanding officer of the wing to which the squadron was attached, Colonel Nye, was also aboard the aircraft, as were two others. All were lost.


Class of 1951

William is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 in Memorial Hall.