Thomas McCord Campbell

Sergeant Thomas McCord Campbell of Portrush, Co. Antrim served in R.A.F. 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron at his time of death in Germany on 2nd September 1942.


Thomas McCord Campbell


Sergeant Thomas McCord Campbell (1111478) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. He was the son of Robert John Campbell and Jeannie Campbell of Portrush, Co. Antrim.

Campbell died on 2nd September 1942 aged 21 years old, while serving with R.A.F. 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron. He was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner on Short Stirling N3714 HA-Q. The crew took off from R.A.F. Downham Market, Norfolk, England on a nighttime raid over Saarbrucken, Germany.

During the sortie, Pathfinders marked out the wrong town. This caused the following Royal Air Force bombers to attack the smaller industrial town of Saarlouis. In the course of the raid, Campbell’s Stirling bomber came under attack from a Luftwaffe night fighter. The plane came down near Sterrebeek, Zavantem, Belgium.

Campbell’s grave is in Collective Grave 1-5 of Nossegem Communal Cemetry, Zaventem, Belgium.

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