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Robert Lee Campbell

Military

Killed in Action (KIA). He was hit in the back of the head and killed. The co-pilot had to hold him off the controls before someone from the crew could get to the front to check on them. They were under heavy attack. A shell had entered from the right side and crossed in front of the co-pilot and hit Campbell. Earlier on 4 July 1943 B-17 42-5916 'Ruthie' had severe bomb damage and tyre problems landing at RAF Portwreath with injured BTG Getty.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Tyre Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    On 26 July 43 Sergeant Weaver's plane, B-17 42-29802, was hit by German Fighters, there was a loud explosion on top of the plane and Weaver dropped near the navigator Keith Koske, with his arm blown off at the shoulder. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29802 RUTHIE II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/2/43; Tinker 10/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-C] Alconbury 3/4/43; mission to Hamburg 26/7/43 with Bob Campbell [severely WIA], Co-pilot: John Morgan, Navigator: Keith Koske, Bombardier: Asa Irwin, Flight engineer...

  • 42-29981 'Hell-Lena'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/43; Gore 31/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Dow Fd 11/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 27/4/43 HELL-LENA; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 326BS/92BG Alconbury 23/7/43; Missing in Action Hanover 26/7/43...

  • 42-5916 RUTHIE 1

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 21/5/43; Presque Is 31/5/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-N] Alconbury 6/6/43; sustained severe battle damaged Nantes 4/7/43 with Bob Campbell, Ball turret gunner: Rich Getty Wounded in Action, Tail gunner: John Ford,...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mississippi 31 October 1919

Son of Jesse and Clara [Causey] Campbell.

Based Podington 1943 – 26 July 1943

Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Hanover, Germany 26 July 1943

He was hit in the back of the head and killed The co-pilot had to hold him off the controls before someone from the crew could get to the front to check on them. They were under heavy attack. A shell had entered from the right side and crossed in front of the co-pilot and hit Campbell. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 28 July 1943

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2021 14:21:34 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288337/robert-l-campbell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68110825/robert-lee-campbell
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 17:43:11 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to A/C #42-5916 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 17:37:40 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 18:34:06 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
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Added a connection to the A/C # 42-29802.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 22:15:03 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added the cemetery to the Buried event per Fing-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 56288337.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 22:08:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a space to the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2018 21:46:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529897190-robert-l-campbell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68110825/robert-lee-campbell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288337/robert-l-campbell

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop & Hey p. 177, ABMC

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