Michelle Hackstetter writes:
Sub Lt Russell Bell would have been 21 on the 2nd of April 1944. I shall never forget him. I was 18 at the time and am going on 81!
We were school sweethearts and our relationship continued until his death. I have throughout my marriage and four children maintained ties with his family. Of his four siblings only his younger brother Graeme and his sister Lorna are alive.
I left university and joined the Free French wrens a month after Russell was killed. I returned to complete my MA at Edinburgh university.
I never miss a Remembrance Day ceremony and pride of place in my thoughts is the Asphodel and her crew although it is only recently that I have come across the names.
North Atlantic Convoy
Midships looking Aft