Joe Powell Commando and Stuntman 1922-2016

Discussion in 'Commandos & Royal Marines' started by Guy Hudson, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    I was sorry to hear the news Joe Powell had died on the 30th June 2016 aged 94 . He served in the Grenadier Guards before volunteering for the Commandos. He served with 4 Commando and took part in several raids. These included Operation Abercrombie, the raid on Hardelot, Operation Cauldron, the attack on the Hess Battery at Varengeville, as part of the Dieppe raid.

    On D-Day he was photographed helping carry a wounded NCO of 4 Commando

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    Joe Powell on the left

    He also saw action during Operation Infatuate at Flushing in November 1944.

    After the war he had a 40 year career as a stuntman and stunt advisor appearing in over 70 films. These included, Guns of Navarone, The Longest Day and Zulu.

    Rest In Peace Joe
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  2. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    :poppy: Joe Powell RIP :poppy:

  3. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    An amusing incident on the set of 'The Longest Day' involving Joe and Darryl F Zanuck, courtesy of the Commando Veterans Association.

    "I chatted to him for a long time about his post-war career as a stuntman and special effects arranger in films, and found him as amusing as I found him modest. (He first apologised for his deafness, brought on by causing a great many explosions!) Having run across Pegasus Bridge himself under fire, he found it quite ironic to return there in 1962, when 'The Longest Day' was being made, to work on the film. One of his nicest stories was about the producer, Darryl F Zanuck, ordering an elderly Frenchman in a faded cardigan away from where the filming was taking place. Joe had to point out to him that elderly gentleman was, in fact, the legendary Philippe Kieffer who had led the two French troops integrated into 4 Cdo on D-Day."

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    Joe Powell
    Benouville June 1984
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  4. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Very sorry to hear. Joe Powell RIP :poppy:
  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    :poppy: Joe Powell RIP :poppy:
  6. No.4CommandoBairn

    No.4CommandoBairn Well-Known Member

    RIP Joe. Back with dad and many more of his mates.
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  7. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    Thanks for posting - what a full and fascinating life Joe led, I'm sad that he's gone, but grateful and happy that he lived such a life.

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