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 Relatives of WW2 airman found after public appeal


Thank you to everyone who got in touch to help us identify the family of airman Charles Armstrong Bell following a request from the Bomber Command Museum, in Canada.

The museum contacted us in the search for relatives after tracing Sgt Bell back to the North East.

He was part of the crew on board the Short Sterling bomber - BK716, which went missing whilst on a bombing run to Germany in 1943.

The bomber has been located in Lake Markermeer near Amsterdam and preparations are under way to recover the plane in March.

It is believed that the remains of the airmen are still on board.
After the post was shared, we were able to trace relatives of Sgt Bell and put them in touch with those recovering the aircraft.

The family are grateful that they have been located but do not wish to be identified.

We have since been told by the museum that another airman’s relatives – those of Sergeant Ronald Kennedy – also needed tracing.

Sgt Kennedy is pictured in the far left of the picture and is standing next to Sgt Bell.

After a bit of searching, we managed to locate Sgt Kennedy’s family in County Durham too and have been to see his nephew, who was around 12 when Sgt Kennedy was killed.

His family are now considering the information and we hope it has brought them some closure after all these years.

If you would like to learn more about the fantastic work of the Aircraft Recovery group in the Netherlands this can be found at

You can find out more about the work of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada at

You can also visit to learn more about the flight and view a video on Youtube that shows the recovery of parts of the aircraft by searching Stirling BK716 investigation.