LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant William McDonald CAMPBELL

Service No: 8435
Born: Lillimur VIC, 6 March 1911
Enlisted in the RAAF: 30 January 1940 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC from Alberton SA)
Unit: No. 43 Squadron, Darwin NT
Died: Injuries, Essendon VIC, 5 December 1944, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Springvale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Robert and Mary Ryland Campbell, of Lillimur; husband of Ethel Lilian Campbell, of North Essendon
Roll of Honour: Lillimur VIC
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 5 December 1944, Sergeant Campbell, a Flight Engineer, died as a result of gunshot wounds allegedly self inflicted.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/7/739

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