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633907   Flight Sergeant John Newell
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 37 Squadron, Royal Air Force (British Air Force)
Died: 23/05/1941 (Died by accident)
Age: 21
John Newell was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Newell. He was born about 1920. Flight Sergeant John Newell served as a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner with 37 Squadron of the Royal Air Force in World War Two. On 23rd May 1941, his Wellington bomber (Serial No T2812) was commencing a test flight from Shallufa in Egypt. The aircraft encountered technical problems after take-off and dived into ground whilst attempting a forced landing. Of the three crew on board, Flight Sergeant Newell was the only fatality.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery
  Ismailia, Suez
Grave Ref: Grave 3-D-5
CWGC Casualty 2114287
The cemetery is situated less than a kilometre north-west of Ismailia town centre on the Port Said Road. The cemetery is contained within the main Ismailia Civilian Cemetery complex, access to which is via the large iron gates opposite the Bus Station.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Stewartstown Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour WWII Stewartstown
2 Stewartstown Cenotaph - WWII Stewartstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 324
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 London Gazette 01/01/1942 Mentioned in Despatches
2 National Archives UK Offical details of Wellington T2812, 37 Squadron, 23 May 1941
3 RAF Commands Details of crew and air crash
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Flight Sergeant John Newell's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023