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Fighter Command
06th February 1942 59 OTU Hurricane I P3463 Sgt, Campbell

Operation: Training

Date: 06th February 1942 (Friday)

Unit: No. 59 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group. Fighter Command

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P3463

Code: -

Base: RAF Crosby-on-Eden, Northumberland

Location: Cleuch Foot Farm, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Pilot: Sgt. William Andrew Campbell R/95868 RCAF Ae 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During training the pilot flew into a hill during bad weather near Cleuch Foot Farm at 07:15 hrs killing the young Canadian pilot.

Cause of death was a fractured skull, as certified by a doctor from RAF Crosby-on-Eden.

P3463 had been involved in an earlier accident when on the 18th October 1940 the aircraft ran out of fuel whilst in the landing circuit and force landed at Padfield's Farm, North Weald. Although the pilot 31 year old, Adjutant Henri Jacques Bouquillard FFAF suffered no injuries he was killed flying in Hurricane IIa Z2757 whilst with 615 squadron on the on the 11th March 1941 during a dogfight with two Me109s.

Burial and personal details:

Sgt. William Andrew Campbell. Carlisle Cemetery (Dalston Road). Ward 11. Sec. P. Grave 25. Also remembered on family grave at Pakenham Union Cemetery, Ontario, Canada. Born on the 25th August 1918 at Pakenham, Ontario. Worked for the Engineering and Survey Branch of the Resources Treasurer's Office ay Ottawa prior to service. Served in the Canadian Army from the 07th November 1940 to 05th April 1941. Enlisted on the 10th April 1941 at Manning Depot, Toronto. Son of William John (died 10th March 1976, age 84) and Edith Clarissa Campbell (nee Watchorn - died 07th January 1980, age 88), of Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription: 'But This We Know, Dear Lad, All's Well With The Man Who Has Done His Best'. A total of 78 flying hours logged with 5 on the Hurricane.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to RAF Commands Forum, Operation Picture Me, grave photo courtesy N.D. McBride, other sources as quoted below:

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Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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