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Name: Gerald Gordon Bell
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with Palm
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 17, 22, 47 (RFC)
150 (RAF)
Victories: 16
Born: 11 June 1890
Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
An engineer from Ottawa, Gerald Gordon Bell joined the 38th Battalion on 8 February 1915. He was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 9 January 1917. He scored 16 victories as an observer and pilot. The son of D. T. A. Bell, he married Miss Edith Grace Drayton, eldest daughter of Sir Henry and Lady Drayton, in 1920 at Ottawa.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Gerald Gordon Bell (E. Ontario R.).
   This officer has had numerous engagements with hostile aircraft, invariably displaying marked gallantry and leadership of a high order, notably on the 1st of June, when he, accompanied by another pilot, attacked a formation of twelve enemy scouts; he shot down one in flames and drove down others out of control, only breaking off the engagement when all his ammunition had been expended.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Apr 1917 0700 22 F.E.2b (A5454) 1 Albatros D.II (DES) 3 Regny
2 03 May 1917 1730 22 F.E.2b (A855) 2 Albatros D.III (DES)  
3 29 Jul 1917 0650 22 F.E.2b 2 C (DES) Tortequesne
4 13 Apr 1918 0730 47 S.E.5a (B692) Albatros D.III (DES) 4 1500 yds S of Brajkovic
5 13 May 1918 0800 150 S.E.5a (B695) Albatros D.III (DES) 5 Livanovo
6 15 May 1918 0530 150 S.E.5a (B28) Albatros D.V (DES) 6 Hudova
7 01 Jun 1918 1505 150 S.E.5a (B692) Siemens-Schuckert D.III (DES) Casandale
8 15 Jun 1918 0915 150 S.E.5a (B692) Albatros D.V (DES) 7 Marinopolje
9 18 Jun 1918 0750 150 S.E.5a (B692) Albatros D.V (DES) 5 N of Paljorca
10 23 Jun 1918 0745 150 S.E.5a (B6925) Albatros D.V (DES) 8 Hill 5401-Rupel Pass
11 09 Jul 1918 0800 150 S.E.5a (B6945) Rumpler C (DES) Angista
12 19 Jul 1918 0800 150 S.E.5a (B692) Albatros D.V (DES) 9 W of Livanova aerodrome
13 05 Aug 1918 0815 150 S.E.5a (D3495) Siemens-Schuckert D.III (DES) 10 3000 yds NW of Hudova
14 15 Aug 1918 1200 150 S.E.5a (D3495) LVG C (DES) Seres Uesnik
15 21 Aug 1918 0910 150 S.E.5a (D3495) LVG C (DES) Girejik-Derbend
16 18 Sep 1918 0630 150 S.E.5a (D3495) Fokker D (DES) Karali

1 Pilot Lt L W Beale
2 Pilot 2Lt E A H Ward
3 Shared with Capt Carleton Clement & 2Lt Llewelyn Davies, Lt J F A Day & 2Lt W M Taylor (7681), 2Lt John Aspinall & 2Lt Medley Parlee, 2Lt Furlonger & 2Lt C W Lane (4883), Lt H G Spearpoint & 2Lt J K Campbell (4891)
4 Shared with Lt Charles Green
5 Shared with Capt Acheson Goulding
6 Shared with Lt Frederick Travers
7 Shared with Capt G M Brawley (B613), Lt Leslie Hamilton
8 Shared with Lt Leslie Hamilton
9 Shared with Capt G M Brawley (B694), Lt Arthur Jarvis, Lt W Ridley (C9501)
10 Shared with Lt J A Beeny (B695)
 
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