JOSEPH WILLIAM CAMPBELL

Born:1919, Hammersmith, London.

Died: 1st July 1944; age: 24; killed when aircraft was hit by flak.

Residence: ‘St. Columba’ 95, Colchester Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Flying Officer/Air Bomber; Service Number: 136820.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 40 Squadron.

 

Grave Reference:

9A.A.7.

Belgrade War Cemetery,

Serbia.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Second son of Joseph Augustin & Daisy Campbell; husband of Elaine May Campbell, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Joseph Augustin Campbell, born May 1890, Ware, Hertfordshire. A Senior School Master/Commissioned Officer with Warrant Rank for the Royal Navy.

Mother: Daisy Emily Campbell (nee Lewis), born October 1893, Lambeth, Surrey.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

Joseph was a scholar, and living with his mother and siblings at the family home 95, Colchester Road, Ipswich.

 

Joseph gained a Bachelor of Science.

 

On the 16th January 1943, at St. Pancras Church, Ipswich, Joseph married Elaine May Stopard, born 1920, Ipswich, of 5, Dalton Road, Ipswich.

 

20th January 1943 – Evening Star.

IPSWICH PILOT-OFFICER’S WEDDING

Campbell – Stopard

 

The marriage of Pilot-Officer J.W. Campbell, R.A.F., second son of Mr. J. Campbell, Senior Schoolmaster, R.N., and Mrs. Campbell, of St. Columba, Colchester Road, and Miss Elaine May Stopard, of 5, Dalton Road, Ipswich, was solemnised at St. Pancras Church, Ipswich, by the Very Rev. Canon A. Peacock. A Nuptial Mass followed the marriage service.

 

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of white chiffon satin, with tulle veil and a head-dress of orange blossom. She carried a sheaf of white lilies. Her bridesmaid, Miss Joyce Lee, wore a frock of shell-pink satin, veiled with brown net with hat to match, and carried a bouquet of pink azaleas.

 

In the absence of his younger brother, on service, the bridegroom’s eldest brother, Mr. Bob Campbell, was best man. A reception was afterwards held at the Great White Horse Hotel, after which the bride and bridegroom left for London, the bride travelling in a rust frock, with grey coat and hat and rust accessories.

 

1st July 1944

Aircraft: Vickers Wellington B.Mk.X; Serial Number: LP497. The aircraft was on an operation to drop two sea mines in the River Danube, near Belgrade, Serbia. About midnight whilst flying at 50ft towards their dropping point LP497 was hit by light flak, immediately setting the body of the aircraft into flames. 4 crew were killed instantly, Kenneth Withnall, the Rear Gunner, was blown clear in his turret and survived. He was captured by the Germans and sent to the mainly American PoW camp, Stalag Luft IV, in Gross Tychow, Pomerania.

Crew:

George Stephenson Waddell D.F.C.; Pilot Officer/Pilot; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Harry Davison; Flight Sergeant/Navigator; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Thomas Charles Hardwick; Flight Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; R.A.F.V.R.

Kenneth Withnall; Sergeant/Rear Gunner; R.A.F.V.R. Survived.

 

Kenneth’s account of his time as a PoW can be found in the book ‘Gardening by Moonlight’ by Peter Kaššák & David Gunby:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/peter-ka%C5…-22997160.html

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