LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Allan Frederick CAMPBELL

Service No: 32180
Born: Mudgee NSW, 1 June 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 July 1940
Unit: No. 215 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations (No. 215 Squadron Dakota aircraft FK563), Myanmar, 1 June 1944, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Graham Campbell and Helen Margaret Campbell, of Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Column 443, Singapore Memorial, Singapore
Remembered: Panel 120, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0600 hours on 1 June 1944 Dakota FK563 was one of 18 aircraft which left Sylhet in formation to drop supplies in Burma. In company with five other aircraft FK563 was to drop at position 25.10N0 96.26E. It was last seen in the vicinity of Myitkyina, Burma, dropping supplies on the target at 0845 hours. It was raining at the time and weather conditions on the whole route extremely bad. It was assumed that the pilot tried to return under the cloud base. All other aircraft returned safely but nothing further was heard of FK563 or its crew.

The crew members of FK563 were:

Pilot Officer Allan Frederick Campbell (32180) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Dennis Robert Jones (1801507) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Clare Pymer McWilliams (J/87590) (RCAF) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, from No. 117 Squadron RAF)
Lieutenant Norman Frederick Walton Pedder (292950) (British Army, South Wales Border Regiment)
Flight Sergeant Ernest Squire (1316095) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Private John Terence Sykes (3917125) (British Army, Second Kings Own Regiment)
Flying Officer Harold Gordon Tackaberry (J/14180) (RCAF) (Navigator)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/7/529