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Clarence L Campbell


Classified 4-F by his local draft board, T/Sgt. Clarence I Campbell made 12 attempts to enlist in the American Army and one in the Canadian Army before he was finally accepted, to stack up the following record: He flew the four missions with the Eighth Air Force in the fall of 1942, when fighter escort was unheard of. He has received confirmed credit for destroying two Messerschmitt 109s. Seventy nine missions over Germany, France, during which 20 member
of his various crews were killed. Wears Distinguished Unit Citation, with one cluster. Air Medal with 14 clusters and the ETO ribbon with six bronze battle stars.


Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


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Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 11:23:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Biographical detail from:
- An original copy of the 401st Bomb Group unit history in IWM’s Roger Freeman Collection, printed in 1946. (Transcribed at

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:18 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /