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Name: Charles Gordon Bell
Charles Bell
Country: England
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 10, 41
Victories: 5
Born: 31 May 1889
Place of Birth: Paddington, London
Died: 29 July 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Villacoubley
Cemetery: Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles, Yvelines, France
A well known pre-war aviator, Charles Gordon Bell was an experienced and aggressive pilot when he joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914. The highest scoring Bristol Scout pilot of the war, he was posted to 10 Squadron and claimed 5 victories in 1915 before ill health forced his return to England at the end of the year. Famous for his stammer and the monocle he sometimes wore, he helped train James McCudden. He was killed during a test flight in 1918.
   Captain Gordon Bell, belonging to the British Air Force, was trying a new machine near Versailles when, through some unknown cause, the aeroplane crashed to the ground. The officer was killed on the spot. Captain Bell was a veteran aviator, and participated in the first trials which were organised in France. He afterwards went to Turkey, and on his return to England was seriously injured at Brooklands. He joined the aviation service on the outbreak of war.
The News of the World - Sunday, August 4, 1917
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 19 Sep 1915 0700 10 Bristol Scout (4688) LVG C (FTL) S of Don
2 13 Oct 1915 1500 10 Bristol Scout (4675) Albatros C (OOC) W of Lens
3 13 Oct 1915 1510 10 Bristol Scout (4675) LVG C (FTL) E of Lille
4 16 Nov 1915 10 Bristol Scout (4675) Albatros C (OOC) Lille
5 30 Nov 1915 10 Bristol Scout (4675) LVG C (DES) Henin Lietard
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