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Campbell, Stephen Gordon (Warrant Officer 1st Class)

Killed in Action 1944-March-14

Birth Date: 1918-November-11 (age 25)

Born: Vancouver, British Columbia

Stephen Graham Campbell & Ruth Rose Snow

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment Date: 1941-02-28

4 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Warrant Officer 1st Class
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
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers

Took off from Alness Scotland at 21:05. Last radio contact placed it 70 miles off Sumburg Head in the Shetlands at 22:53. A fishermen reported an explosion on the horizon shortly after 23:00. Aircraft presumed lost.

Killed includes Campbell: Flight Sergeant Eric Dwyer RCAF R/264718 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 281. Warrant Officer Class 1 Walter Gill RCAF R/142701 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 281. Warrant Officer Class 1 Ernest William McCready RCAF R/108312 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 281. Flying Officer Arthur Bowker Smith McElroy RCAF J/25428 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 279. F/Lt Joseph Marcel Jacques Powell RCAF J/21587 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 278. F/Lt Arthur Gordon Rawland RCAF C/1841 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 278. Flight Sergeant William Merser Richmond RCAF R/225463 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 282. Flight Sergeant Edgar Walter Sivell RCAF R/271248 KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 282. WO Donald Eric Hunt RAAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 283. F.O Peter Warren Berry RAF KIA Runnymede Memorial Panel 266.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

Warrant Officer 1st Class Stephen Gordon Campbell has no known grave.

Google MapVancouver, British Columbia

Google MapRunnymede Memorial Surrey
Panel 281

Sunderland DP178

Short Sunderland

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (DND Photo)
Short Sunderland, coded Z, 15 Apr 1943

The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber, developed and constructed by Short Brothers for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The aircraft took its service name from the town (latterly, city) and port of Sunderland in North East England.

Developed in parallel with the civilian S.23 Empire flying boat, the flagship of Imperial Airways, the Sunderland was developed specifically to conform to the requirements of British Air Ministry Specification R.2/33 for a long-range patrol/reconnaissance flying boat to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF). As designed, it served as a successor to the earlier Short Sarafand flying boat. Sharing several similarities with the S.23, it featured a more advanced aerodynamic hull and was outfitted with various offensive and defensive armaments, including machine gun turrets, bombs, aerial mines, and depth charges. The Sunderland was powered by four Bristol Pegasus XVIII radial engines and was outfitted with various detection equipment to aid combat operations, including the Leigh searchlight, the ASV Mark II and ASV Mark III radar units, and an astrodome.

The Sunderland was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats throughout the Second World War. In addition to the RAF, the type was operated by other Allied military air wings, including the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), French Navy, Norwegian Air Force, and the Portuguese Navy. During the conflict, the type was heavily involved in Allied efforts to counter the threat posed by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Short Sunderland

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube Short Sunderland (1940-1949)

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (45)
last update: 2021-10-15 17:36:55

Sunderland Mk. III DP178

Used by No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF from 21 December 1942, coded "2*L". Left this unit by June 1944

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