Kenneth Campbell was born April 21st, 1917, the son of James Campbell and Jane Campbell-Highet. He was educated at Sedbergh School and at Clare College at Cambridge. At Cambridge he studied chemistry and was a member of Cambridge University Air Squadron.
September 1941, Kenneth was drafted for service in the RAF and was posted to 22 Squadron, flying the Bristol Beaufort.
Following the attack on the German battlecruiser Gneisenau in the harbour of Brest in France on April 6th, 1941, Kenneth Campbell’s plane, Beaufort Mk 1, N1016, OA-X was shot down after having inflicted serious damage to the Gneisenau. All members of the crew, consisting of Campbell, Sergeant James Philip Scott (R/63912 RCAF), Sergeant Ralph Walter Hillman (643257 RAF) and Sergeant William Cecil Mullis (746872 RAFVR) lost their lives. They were buried with military honors by the Germans in Brest.
August 23rd, 1938: Pilot Officer;
February 23rd, 1940: Flying Officer.
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