Date: 06th February 1942 (Friday)
Unit: No. 59 Operational Training Unit. 81 Group. Fighter Command
Type: Hurricane I
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.
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