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Bernard Thomas Scammell

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Bernard Thomas Scammell

June 24, 1943

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Air Force


10 Operational Training Unit


Distinguished Flying Medal "For gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations".

Additional Information

Son of Archibald and Sarah Scammell, of Gander Bay, Newfoundland. Prior to enlistment, Sergeant Scammell was a school teacher.

Commemorated on Page 193 of the Newfoundland Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Berkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Plot I/2. Grave 6.


Botley is 2 miles west of the city of Oxford in the civil parish of North Hinksey. Leave the Oxford Western bypass (A34) at the Botley interchange and take the exit signposted Oxford A420. At the traffic lights bear left then immediately right into North Hinksey Lane. The entrance to the cemetery is about 200 yards along on the right hand side.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)– An example of the DFM awarded to Flt Sgt Scammell.
  • Grave marker– Headstone was errected in the Autumn of 2005
  • Newspaper Clipping– Ian Tavender records the DFM recommendation, dated 11th May 1943, in his book `The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War¿ (London, Savannah Publications, 2000). 
Flight Sergeant Scammell was posted to this squadron in October 1942, and after completing 26 successful operational sorties, has today been screened for posting as a Wireless Instructor. This Non-Commissioned Officer has throughout his tour been an outstanding member of a particularly successful crew. On several occasions he has shown admirable efficiency in repairing intercom failures in the minimum of time and he has twice had his set almost to pieces and together again in working order in less than an hour. Although his aircraft has several times been damaged by flak, twice attacked by enemy fighters and has once crashed returning from operations, Flight Sergeant Scammell has never for a moment lost his enthusiasm and keenness for operations. This Non-Commissioned Officer's work as a Wireless Operator has, from the commencement of his tour, been almost flawless and I am confident that he is now about to prove himself equally capable as a Wireless Instructor in his new unit as he has been on operations with this squadron.

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