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Campbell, Donald Allister (Flying Officer)

Killed in Action 1943-07-28

Birth Date: 1917-12-24 (age 25)

Born: Malagawatch, Inversess, Nova Scotia

Son of Alexander Campbell and Barbara Rebecca MacFayden, of Malagawatch, Inverness County, Nova Scotia.

Home: Malagawatch, Inverness County, Nova Scotia

Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enlistment Date: 1941-09-30

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Pro Libertate (For freedom)
RAF Syerston
Flying Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers

Took off from Syerston at 23:00 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code ZN-J Bomber Command) on an operation to Hamburg Germany.

This was one of the aircraft on the raid that were lost without a trace. The crew is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Killed includes Campbell: F/Sgt Ellis George McLeod RCAF R/119526 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 184. Sgt Ian George Armet RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 140. Sgt Francis Langhorne Backhouse RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 141. Sgt Douglas Allen Barnfather RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 141. Sgt Vernon Russell Jacob RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 154. Sgt Frank Robertson RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 163.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Flying Officer Donald Allister Campbell has no known grave.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED303

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III ED303

Delivered to No. 467 (Australian) Sqn Nov 1942. Transferred to No. 106 Sqn. Fitted with new Merlin 22s Feb 1943. Missing on operation to Hamburg 27/28 Jul 1943. This was the second of the 4 raids that constituted the Battle of Hamburg. It was the 8th aircraft of 21 lost that night, probably to a night fighter. Crew were on their 2nd operation.

106 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Pro Libertate

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