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Squadron Leader Gilbert CAMPBELL (46638) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Mitchell II FW146
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Death of Death 1944-11-19

Served in 226 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : 20. A. 7. at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands (Map)

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Awards for Gilbert CAMPBELL 46638

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1943-04-20DFCFg OffrGilbert CAMPBELL (46638)88 Sqdn
Notification only London Gazette No. 35983, Dated 1943-04-20
1944-10-24DFCBarIActg Sqn LdrGilbert CAMPBELL (46638)226 Sqdn
Squadron Leader Campbell has completed many sorties against a variety of targets by day and night. In August, 1944, he was detailed for an operation against a ferry at Duclair. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire the attack was pressed home with good results. Shortly after the bombs had fallen the aircraft was struck. It immediately became almost uncontrollable and height was lost rapidly. Petrol poured from the pierced tanks and the starboard engine caught fire. The situation seemed hopeless. Coolly and skilfully, however, Squadron Leader Campbell effected a crash- landing. As the aircraft touched down it burst into flames. All the: crew, with the exception of the top gunner had got clear. Without hesitation, Squadron Leader Campbell entered the wreckage in order to release -his comrade. Unfortunately he had succumbed. This brave pilot displayed conduct in keeping with the best traditions of the Royal- Air Force. London Gazette No. 36761, Dated 1944-10-24

London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
46638Flying Officer Gilbert CAMPBELLLondon Gazette supplement : 35983 , Dated 1943-04-16 , Download #35983
46638655111 Gilbert CAMPBELLLondon Gazette issue : 35326 , Dated 1941-10-28 , Download #35326
46638G CAMPBELL D F GLondon Gazette supplement : 36183 , Dated 1943-09-21 , Download #36183
46638G CAMPBELLLondon Gazette supplement : 35819 , Dated 1942-12-08 , Download #35819
1466381454732 Arthur Dixon BUSHLondon Gazette supplement : 36314 , Dated 1944-01-01 , Download #36314
146638a D BUSHLondon Gazette issue : 36351 , Dated 1944-01-25 , Download #36351

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 19 Nov 44 Aircraft: Mitchell ll FW146 Unit 226 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Limburg
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Squadron LeaderGilbert CAMPBELL (46638) Pilot Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Flying OfficerDouglas Gerald FARQUHAR (139615) Navigator Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Flying OfficerJohn Lawry HALLIDAY (142460) Navigator Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerWilliam HODSON (185072) Wireless Op Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerWallace Edgar OSMOND (421929) Mitchell II FW146  Forum Post 1944-11-19226 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsJonkerbos War Cemetery

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