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Campbell, George Hollands (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-02-12

Birth Date: 1917-07-14 (age 24)

Born: Regina, Saskatchewan

Robert Mamoch Campbell & Isabelle Stevenson Hollands

Home: Calgary, Alberta

Enlistment: Calgary, Alberta

Enlistment Date: 1941-01-24

5 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School
High River, Alberta, Canada
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

Sgt Campbell was killed when Tiger Moth aircraft 4995 was in a mid-air collision. The aircraft crashed and burned one half mile south of Stavely, Alberta. LAC D.J. Dawson was also killed.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – 1942-02-12

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Moth, Tiger I 4995
  2. Crane Mk. I 8661

All the aircraft in the above list are in this report.

Google Map Burnsland Cemetery, Canada
Lot 4 Block 10 Sec P

Crew on Moth, Tiger I 4995

There were no casulaties listed on Crane Mk. I 8661

de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth

Source: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (serial # RCAF 8922), credit Rick Radell

The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s British biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and many other operators as a primary trainer aircraft. In addition to the type's principal use for ab-initio training, the Second World War saw RAF Tiger Moths operating in other capacities, including maritime surveillance and defensive anti-invasion preparations; some aircraft were even outfitted to function as armed light bombers.

The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until it was succeeded and replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk during the early 1950s. Many of the military surplus aircraft subsequently entered into civil operation. Many nations have used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in several countries. It is still occasionally used as a primary training aircraft, particularly for those pilots wanting to gain experience before moving on to other tailwheel aircraft.

Overseas manufacturing of the type commenced in 1937, the first such overseas builder being de Havilland Canada at its facility in Downsview, Ontario. In addition to an initial batch of 25 Tiger Moths that were built for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Canadian firm began building fuselages which were exported to the UK for completion. Canadian-built Tiger Moths featured modifications to better suit the local climate, along with a reinforced tail wheel, hand-operated brakes (built by Bendix Corporation), shorter undercarriage radius rods and the legs of the main landing gear legs being raked forwards as a safeguard against tipping forwards during braking. In addition the cockpit had a large sliding canopy fitted along with exhaust-based heating; various alternative undercarriage arrangements were also offered. By the end of Canadian production, de Havilland Canada had manufactured a total of 1,548 of all versions. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia de Havilland Tiger Moth

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1414), RCAF 400 Squadron (3), Canadian Aircraft Losses (107)
last update: 2022-08-24 12:34:41

Moth, Tiger I 4995

Category A damage on 12 February 1942 while with No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School at High River, Alberta. Burnt.
1941-05-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1942-February-12 Accident: 15 Service Flying Training School Loc: Stavely Alberta Names: Anderson | Campbell | Dawson
1942-08-18 Struck off Strength Struck off after mid air collision. 2019-08-20

Crane Mk. I 8661

First assigned to No. 15 Service Flying Training School at Claresholm, Alberta. Still with this School when it received Category B damage at 11:30 on 12 February 1942, 1/2 mile south of Stavely, Alberta (7 miles north of the Claresholm aerodrome). This aircraft collided in mid-air with Tiger Moth 4995 from No. 5 Elementary Flying Training School at nearby High River, and made a forced landing. To Prairie Airways for crash repairs, 18 February 1942, with 116:00 logged time. To No. 2 Training Command on 10 July 1942. Pending disposal from 27 April 1944. To No. 2 Air Command on 1 December 1944, still pending disposal. Stored at No. 201 Holding Unit at Estevan, Saskatchewan, where it was noted with 2102:35 total time, 10:00 since overhaul.
1941-12-23 Taken on Strength No. 4 Training Command 2019-08-20
1942-February-12 Accident: 5 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Stavely Alberta Names: Anderson | Campbell | Dawson
1943-September-10 Accident: 4 Service Flying Training School Loc: R2 Osler Names: Claridge | Ruttle
1945-02-20 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20

5 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (5 Elementary Flying Training School)

RCAF Lethbridge AB
Established in 1940 at the present site of Lethbridge Airport CYQL. More information on the RCAF Station at Lethbridge AB can be found at

RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Lethbridge AB

NO5 EFTS moved to High River AB 28 June 1941

RCAF Roundel - RCAF Station High River AB

RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Frank Lake AB

Museum Bomber Command Museum Of Canada

Museum Vintage Wings - Ghosts Of Alberta

1940-07-22 Primary Location Lethbridge AB Canada Due to unfavourable strong winds the squadron was moved to High River AB
1941-06-28 Primary Location High River, AB Canada Airport abandoned but runway complex still visible on satellite imagery
1941-06-28 Relief Field Frank Lake, AB Canada Dry lake bed used as a relief field

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