The Airmen's Stories - P/O N N Campbell
Norman Neil Campbell was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, the son of Isabel
and Alex Campbell. The latter worked for the Michigan
NN Campbell went to Myrtle Street Public School and later
the Arthur Voaden Technical School. After graduation he went
on to St Thomas Collegiate School.
His first job was driving
cars from the factory at Windsor to the St Thomas showrooms
of Disbrowe Motor Sales.
In 1938 Campbell began flying at the London, Ontario
Flying Club and obtained his civil pilot’s licence. He applied
for a short service commission in the RAF in late 1938. After
provisional acceptance, he sailed for England on 14th January
1939 in the Duchess of Athol.
Campbell began his initial training course on 23rd January 1939. He went to No.
1 RAF Depot Uxbridge on 1st April for a two week induction course, after which he was
posted to 11 FTS Shawbury.
With his training completed, Campbell arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 5th April 1940,
converted to Hurricanes and went to PDC Uxbridge on 15th May 1940, for allocation to a
squadron in France.
It seems that instead he was posted to 32
Squadron at Wittering, arriving on 24th May.
On 3rd June he moved to 242 Squadron at Biggin Hill. Five days later he flew to France
with the squadron, to help cover the rearguard actions being fought by the British Army
as it retreated to the Atlantic coast.
Campbell flew back from Nantes-Chateau Bougon on 18th June. With no maps, he ran
out of fuel and made a forced-landing on a beach near Minehead. His Hurricane P3149 LE*N was repairable.
By mid-July 242 was operational again and on 15th September Campbell damaged a Do17 and on the 18th he claimed two Ju88s destroyed, shared in shooting down another and
damaged a fourth.
On 17th October 1940 Campbell was in Hurricane V6575 which crashed into the sea after possibly being hit by return fire from a Do17 engaged off Yarmouth.
His body was later recovered and he was buried on 31st October in Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk. He was 27.
His brother Sergeant Dougald Alexander Campbell (born 1905) was employed as a civilian training instructor under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) at 3rd Elementary Flying Training School in London, Ontario. He died on 2nd November 1941, a result of injuries sustained in flying accident on 30th October 1940.