Operations in Afghanistan

Flight Sergeant Gerard Martin Bell killed in Afghanistan

It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Flight Sergeant Gerard Martin Bell, who was killed following the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan on Saturday 2 September 2006.

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Flight Sergeant Bell [Picture: Cpl D Lowe] (All rights reserved.)

Flight Sergeant Gerard Bell, RAF [Picture: Cpl D Lowe] (All rights reserved.)

Flight Sergeant Gerard “Gez” Bell, Weapons System Operator

Flight Sergeant Gerard Bell, better known to his colleagues as “Gez”, aged 48, was from Ely, Cambridgeshire. He was a consummate professional whose sharp sense of humour and great sense of occasion could make any moment special.

Gez was a devoted family man to Fiona and loving father to Ann Marie and Charlene.

An avid supporter of the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess and stalwart member of the Committee, he brought the same infectious enthusiasm and drive to the Mess as he did to all his duties.

His considerable contribution will be sorely missed across the maritime fleet where his friends will hold him affectionately in their memory.

Shortly after the incident RAF Kinloss Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks said:

I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of twelve air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All twelve were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew and were known to me personally.

As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning. The main priority now is to provide support for the families of those lost, their friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, based at RAF Kinloss, Wing Commander Martin Cannard added:

“120 Squadron has suffered a profound loss. We have lost good friends and colleagues, many known personally to us over many years. I have been humbled by the commitment and determination of all of my people to do all that they can for those that have lost loved ones and friends and this will be our sole focus in the coming days.

Published 3 September 2006