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    My great-uncle, John Archibald Campbell, (b.1923 in Perth, Scotland) was a Sergeant in the R.A.F Volunteer Reserves during World War II. The information I currently have are that he was also a flight engineer and was based at R.A.F Stradishall, Suffolk, England. John passed away on 22nd July 1943 at Stradishall from 'war operations', according to his death certificate. I would love to find his military records but also what the circumstances surrounding his death were. I have no information regarding what squadron he was with but I am keen to find out more.

    His military service no. is 1690312.

    Any help would be highly appreciated!

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    Hello,

    Stirling I W7586, of No.1657 Heavy Conversion Unit, took off from RAF Stradishall detailed to carry out practice circuit and landings. The starboard outer was feathered, and a normal three-engined approach was being made. The aircraft overshot, and an attempt was made to go around again. The aircraft stalled and crashed at 1746 hours. All the crew were killed

    AUS409454 P/O (Pilot)Leonard Gerrard SELLARS RAAF +
    1690312 Sgt (Flt. Eng.) John Archibald CAMPBELL RAFVR +
    133718 F/O (Nav.) Robert Henry RUTHERFORD RAFVR +
    R128432 F/S (Bomb Aimer) Raymond Henry MURDOCK RCAF +
    1185185 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Richard George KINGS RAFVR +
    1804500 Sgt (Air Gnr.[MUG]) George Frank Albert WIX RAFVR +
    AUS425224 F/S (Air Gnr.[Rear]) Ernest Henry Benjamin SAKER RAAF +

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses Vol.8 Heavy Conversion Units and Miscellaneous Units 1939-1947.
    Chorley,W.R.
    Hinckley:Midland Publishing,2003
    p.56

    + Alan Storr (edited).

    An accident report (Form 765C), can be found here:

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1076221

    See:pp.27-30 of 43

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 27th October 2017 at 17:10.

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    Thank you so much for this.

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