Bell, James Lloyd, A1C

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Last Rank
Airman 1st Class
Last AFSC Group
AFSC Unknown
Primary Unit
1951-1952, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1949 - 1952
Airman 1st Class

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Modoc County
Last Address
San Francisco, Californa/Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon

Casualty Date
Jan 23, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea - N/A, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sea of Japan

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 Unit Assignments
19th Bombardment Wing, Heavy93rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy - Indian Outlaws5th Air Force
  1951-1952, 19th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1951-1952, 93rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy - Indian Outlaws
  1951-1952, 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1952 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1951-1952, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
A1C Bell was inducted from Oregon, most likely from Waterloo, Linn County, Oregon.  He listed his home of record as San Francisco, California.  He grew up in Oregon.

He was a crewman aboard  B-29A (#44-87734) named "Double Whammy" with the 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Wing stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa. (Note:  This bomber had dropped the first bombs on North Korea 28 June 1950).

On 23 January 1952, while on a night bombing sortie, the aircraft's engines died leaving one engine. Contact was lost between Okinawa and South Korea. Search and Rescue (SAR) results were negative.

Further details: 14 member crew lost in this incident. Runaway propeller sheared and cut into the fuselage. Location of loss listed as Chinnampo Mud Flats, North Korea/Over Sea of Japan.

Some of crew members were able to escape by parachuting from the aircraft with the help of SSgt. Law who remained on the plane, apparently unable to escape without help (according to persons who served on that aircraft with him). These men were captured by the North Koreans.

Note:  Crew flight positions are not known at this time.
Crew Lost:
1st Lt. James Argetis, MIA
Cpl James L. Bell, MIA
SSgt. Richard B. Caldwell, MIA
Capt. William R. Fisher, MIA
SSgt. Asa Law, MIA
1st Lt. Hugh K. Thomson, MIA

Crew POW and Returned in "Operation Big Switch":
1st Lt. Bartus H. Carter
Cpl. Roderick G. Conn
1st Lt. Thomas L. Eyres
MSgt. Carrell T. Hodges
Capt. Garold B. Kubicek
PFC David Lewis
Cpl. George A. Wedsworth
Cpl. Travis C. Weldon
   
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