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William A Campbell

Military

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.

Service

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    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

Aircraft

  • 42-110188

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...

  • 42-94799 Paper Doll

    B-24 Liberator
    Assignments: 8 34 7 original aircraft RCL (J) changed from 28 May 44 to (F) and changed again from 27 Jul 44 to (E). 8 466 786 (U8 N) from 7 Oct until RZI (arrived Bradley Field 14 Jun 45).

  • 42-100359 Hubba Hubba!

    B-24 Liberator

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2015 02:28:31 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, awards, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2014 22:45:28 Lucy May Changes to nickname, role and biography
Sources

As told to me by Bill Campbell at the 8th Air Force Historical Society reunion in Nashville, TN, in October 2014.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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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