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William T Campbell

Military

Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 42-37815 'Miss Lace. ' Evaded.

William Campbell graduated from Childress Training School for Bombadiers on May 13th 1943. After further training as a Gunner he was crewed up at Rougham and ready for action with the 94th BG that November. From the 6th to the 25th of the month he flew on 14 missions.

The last one was a training mission over England and they made it back in time for the
Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner. The next day the target was Ivry in France and during start-up discovered problems with the radio. Then just short of the IP they encountered moderate flak and 'in less time than it takes to tell' were attacked by swarms of enemy fighters. Campbell left his seat when the plane went into a dive and discovered that the navigator had been badly wounded. As the plane then levelled off he tried to rouse the pilots and found them both slumped in their seats only held up by seat belts. The plane went into another steep dive and he and the Flight Engineer Frank Moast prepared to evacuate. He had difficulty opening his 'chute but managed to land intact in a field. He was immediately approached by an elderly Frenchman and a young lad and was then passed on from one hide-out to another. On the third night he was taken to the home of a French Army officer who interrogated him at length; it didn't help that Campbell had no dog tags on him at the time. He was escorted to Paris and so began his tale of evasion.

Service

Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-37815 Miss Lace

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 7/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; force landed Presque Is 4/10/43 with John Perdue en route UK; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS- ] Rougham 9/10/43; Missing in Action Hamm 26/11/43 with Bill Porter, Co-pilot: Henry Pohl, Navigator: Angelo Rivera,...

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Evaded France 26 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2020 10:20:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 94th Bomb Group related to the service of William Campbell.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1124 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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