In Memory of
Robert A. Bell
Flandreau, South Dakota
November 8, 1921-August 19, 1943
Killed in training near Boston, Massachusetts
Robert A. Bell was born
in Flandreau, South Dakota on November 8, 1921. His parents were Mr. and Mrs.
Arthur S. Bell. He had no bothers or sisters. Robert attended rural elementary
schools and Egan High School. While growing up, he worked on the family farm. He
never married and had no children. His life was short and simple until he joined
the army. His supervising officer, Sgt. McAllister, remembered Robert as an
outstanding student and a young man of character.
On October 23, 1942
Robert A. Bell join the Army Air Services at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Robert
was trained at Oakland, California, Robins Field in Okalahoma and Commonwealth
Field in Boston, Massachusetts.
Robert A. Bell of Army
Air Services was in training at Commonwealth Field, Boston when his death
occurred. He was flying with two lieutenants, a civilian pilot, a Northwest
airlines instructor, and two mechanics. He had just finished the ground work
and was getting the required flying time for training when he perished. This
death was the first fatal accident of Northwest Airlines in a decade.
On Thursday Afternoon
at the Second Presbyterian Church, Reverend Daniel Knox Ford held the funeral
services for Robert A. Bell. He was buried at Union Cemetery in Flandreau, South
Dakota on August 26, 1943.
This entry was respectfully submitted by
Cassandra Schaffer and Justine Sorensen, 5th grade, Jolley Elementary
School, Vermillion, South Dakota, March 25, 2002. Information for this entry was
provided by Robert P. Gill of Flandreau, South Dakota, spouse of Robertís cousin
Rosemary Baver (Gill).