Snell, George Victor

He was the second son of Arthur Patrick Snell, of Mowden School, Brighton, and Balcombe, Sussex. His mother was Beatrice Elizabeth Snell (daughter of Henry H Sparks). He was the brother of Arthur Henry Snell (G1923-28), and entered the Reverend W.D. Monro’s House in September 1926. He left in July 1930.  At Cambridge he took his degree in architecture in 1935. On coming down, he went to Messrs. Ashley & Newman, of Gray’s Inn Square, and the following year joined the practice of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

On the outbreak of war he joined the RAFVR and was posted to a Whitley bomber squadron in August 1940 as a Sergeant Pilot. He made fourteen operational trips, including to Turin, Milan, and, several times, to Berlin.   10 Squadron flew from Dishforth until July 1940, and thereafter from Leeming. Snell was appointed captain of his crew on September 11th 1940, and was hoping for a commission. On September 24th, Snell force-landed his Whitley T4130, having run out of fuel. The aircraft was damaged attempting to take-off after refuelling, but Snell and his crew were unhurt.

However, on the night of September 30th Snell took off from Leeming at 1804, again in Whitley T4130, for an attack on the Berlin Air Ministry and the Reich Chancellery. Returning from the mission in the small hours of October 1st, Snell’s aircraft was shot down over Menslage-Badbergen, and both pilots (Snell and Sergeant G.L Ismay) were killed; the rest of the crew (Sergeant W.D. Chamberlain, Sergeant R.E. Nicholson, and Sergeant A.S. Shand) were taken prisoner. Snell was twenty-six years old, and lies in collective grave 26.F.1-9 of the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Snell
  • Forenames or initials: George Victor
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1926-1930
  • Rank: Sergeant Pilot
  • Regiment: RAF
  • Date of Birth: 24th May 1913
  • Date of Death: 1st October 1940
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery: Collective Grave 26.F.1-9