BELL, GEORGE WILFRED, Technical Sergeant, # 15070091, USAAF
George W. Bell was born 23 June 1920 in Milton, Cabell Co., West Virginia, to Claude E. Bell (1883-1968) and Julia Maude (McComas) Bell (1887-1981) (married 26 January 1905). He had a brother, John Floyd Bell (1908-2003). He completed a year of college.
He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, employed by E.I. Dupont, and described himself as 5’9”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 5 September, 1941, at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on th B-29 Superfortress. On 20 August 1944, a B-29, # 42-6334, “Gertrude C,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a bombing mission of Yawata, Japan. It was rammed by a Japanese fighter over Yawata and exploded in mid-air. Lt.Col. Clinkscales was leading a four-ship formation when his B-29 was rammed by an enemy fighter over the target at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan, and the B-29 disintegrated in the air. Lt.Col. Humphrey, flying 42-6279 in the # 3 position, said the fighter climbed into the B-29 and impacted so that the fighter’s right wing stayed embedded in 42-6334. The remainder of the fighter catapulted in flames over Lt.Col. Humphrey’s right wing. 42-6334 burst into flames and disintegrated. The unidentifiable remains of crew members were buried in a single-casket group ceremony at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Baker, Castleberry, Clinkscales, Fitzpatrick, Himadi, McHenry, and Richardson) (24 September 1949 – Plot 79, Grave 508). After recovery from Japan, his remains were buried in the Ridgelawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Huntington, West Virginia, in 1949.