William A Campbell

Military

Object Number - UPL 16284 - Crew #432 Everett R. Jones Crew 466th BG - 784th BS This crew transferred in from the 44th BG where they had done their lead crew training. They...

Bill joined up at 18 and went to gunnery school. Was based at Myrtle Beach, Florida, then Salt Lake City, Utah and then Topeka, Kansas. From there his unit flew in B-24s to Canada and then over to Northern Ireland. Then they travelled to England by ferry.

Bill was a flight engineer/ gunner but he also flew as a tail gunner in the lead ship. This meant that rather than sticking with one or two aircraft, they flew in any ship that had radar equipment fitted.

He was with the 458th Bomb Group for 8 missions and then transferred to the 44th BG for radar training. He then transferred to the 466th BG and flew 20 missions with that group.

Bill was hit by flak and was in the hospital for about a month. He was told he just had to wait for the shrapnel to work itself out. So finished his 27 missions in November 1944. Then sent home in February 1945. Went to Atlantic City for classes and then went to a convalescent hospital in Plattsburgh, New York. After a few months the surgeons removed the remaining shrapnel. This was in July 1945. They discharged him later that month.

After the war, Bill worked for General Electrics in jet engine development in Massachusetts.

In 2001 and 2012 Bill returned to England. He says that he loves the fish and chips over there and visiting Edinburgh.

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Units served with

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 458th Bomb Group 466th Bomb Group 754th Bomb Squadron 784th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-813144
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Hubba Hubba!
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron 329th Bomb Squadron 784th Bomb Squadron 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Paper Doll
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron 7th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Black Cat
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Revisions

Date8 Jun 2015 02:28:31
Contributor466thHistorian
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466th BG Historian

Date11 Oct 2014 22:45:28
ContributorLucy May
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As told to me by Bill Campbell at the 8th Air Force Historical Society reunion in Nashville, TN, in October 2014.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:34
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000

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