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Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Everett Elroy Newell
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Everett Elroy Newell J/48074 Pilot Officer (Navigator) 117 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force November 29, 1921 Barrington, Shelburne Co., NS August 14, 1941 Halifax, NS (RCAF Recruiting Centre) Lockport, NS 19 5 feet, 9 inches Medium Blue Dark Brown Fish plant worker United Baptist Single Stillman Roy Newell (Father) Newellton, Shelburne Co., NS. February 14, 1945 23 Chittagong War Cemetery, Bangladesh Coll. grave 3. B. 7-11 Commemorated on Page 550 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 18 Everett Elroy Newell was the son of Stillman Roy Newell and Bertha Elizabeth (Penny) Newell, of Newellton, Shelburne Co., NS. He completed his grade 11 in 1939 and worked at odd job until November, 1940 when he was employed full time at B. C. Swansbury fish plant in Lockport, NS until his enlistment in August 1941. Pilot Officer Newell trained and served in Canada until August 29, 1944. He went overseas, disembarking in the United Kingdom on September 5, 1944. He served with 117 RAF Squadron in India from January 11, 1945 until his death on February 14, 1945. On February 14, 1945 Pilot Officer Newell served as a second Navigator on Dakota III FD.820 on a sortie from Hathazari Airfield to land stores at Kan, 172 miles north east of Akyka, Burma. Hathazari Airfield was used as a supply point and staging airfield for resupply airlift drops over Burma. The aircraft and its crew of five departed base at 7:08 hours on their first sortie of the day to drop supplies and return to base. Three other aircraft departed with Dakota III FD.820 but returned to base without completing their sortie. The pilots reported that the hill ranges to the east of Kan were covered with extensive cumulus clouds and violent turbulence was experienced in these clouds. FD.820 carried on with the mission but never reached the airstrip at Kan. A search was conducted; however, the aircraft and crew were not found and they were listed as missing in action. Wreckage and remains of the crew were discovered by Army Authorities who are believed to have buried the crew at the scene of the crash officially. This was officially reported in September of 1945.