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Pilot Officer James Bond Bell was born August 23, 1921, in Clifford, Ontario, to parents Edith Gertrude (née Holtom) and David Bell.

He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in August 1940. After training in Canada, Bell was posted overseas and served with the 432 Squadron R.C.A.F. as a Navigator and participated in twenty operational flights. On April 19, 1944, Bell was killed when the Halifax he was on was shot down while on a mission near Paris.

External links:
P/O Bell’s service record (Serv/Reg#s J19147) can be viewed/downloaded in pdf format through Library and Archives Canada.
Burial information is available at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
memorial page honouring Bell can be visited online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

See also the correspondence of his brothers Elmer David Bell and William Robert Bell.

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