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    Default Two WW2 airmen to be buried in Canada

    The remains of 39219 F/L Peter Campbell RAFO, and R/53927 LAC Theodore Scribner Bates RCAF, are to be buried in Guelph, Ontario on 17 September 2013.

    Campbell and Bates were aboard a Nomad a/c that collided with another Nomad during a search and recue operation on 13 December 1940. The aircraft wreckage was located in Lake Muskoka, Ontario.

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    G'day Ken

    I am working on an accident report for all three Nomads and will post it here tomorrow.

    Two things that caused the hairs to bristle were citing the home base for the aircraft as C.F.B. Borden instead of R.C.A.F. Station Camp Borden and AirCraftsman instead of AirCraftman. Bloody journos!!!!!

    I spent four hours coming through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site and could not come up with Peter Campbell. Bates is listed though. I tried every combination but to no avail. Your thoughts sir?

    Cheers...Chris
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    Hello,

    39219 F/L Peter CAMPBELL RAF (RAFO).

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2622512/

    Col.

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    G'day Col

    Thank you very much Col for finding Peter Campbell.

    Not sure how you did it. Like I said, I tried everything but no results. You must have the majic touch!

    Cheers...Chris

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    G`day

    First off, three corrections concerning the newspaper article.

    (1) All three Nomads were from No. 1 Service Flying Training School located at R.C.A.F. Station Camp Borden. The station would not become C.F.B. Borden until 1966.

    (2) It is Leading AirCraftman not Leading Aircraftsman.

    (3) The last name is Hopton, not Hoptonan


    Nomad 3521 was being flown by 39219 Flight Lieutenant E. P. Campbell, R.A.F.
    His A.O.- Acting Observer was Pupil Pilot R53927 LAC T. S. Bates, R.C.A.F.

    Nomad 3512 was being flown by 580278 Sergeant L. Francis, R.A.F.V.R.
    His A.O. was Pupil Pilot R60714 LAC W. P. Gosling, R.C.A.F.

    A mid-air collision occurred between Nomads 3521 and 3512 after they had completed a search for Nomad 3503 and while flying in formation and preparing to land at Muskoka Airport. Both aircraft came down in Lake Muskoka near Browning Island.

    Nomad 3503, the object of the original search was flown by R57934 LAC Clayton Peder Hopton, from Cabri, Saskatchewan. The aircraft crashed near Everett, Ontario on the 12th of December, 1940. Hopton was carrying out local formation flying when his aircraft dived almost vertical into the ground. The probable cause was attributed to the inability of the pilot to maintain equilibrium during adverse weather conditions. Hopton was to receive his wings the following day during Course's graduation ceremony.

    Cheers...Chris
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    Chris,
    Were you able to find Campbell 's CWGC now since Col gave you the link?

    I searched earlier on the CWGC advanced search function for
    Campbell
    P
    Air Force
    Second World War,

    Came up straight away with all the other P Campbells.

    just those fields should find him easy enough. Let us know if your still having a search problem.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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