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 Kenneth Campbell

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Kenneth Campbell Famous memorial

Birth
Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Death
6 Apr 1941 (aged 23)
Brest, Departement du Finistère, Bretagne, France
Burial
Saint-Martin-des-Champs, Departement du Finistère, Bretagne, France
Plot
Plot 40, Row 1, Grave 10.
Memorial ID
9739188 View Source

World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Saltcoats, Scotland, he served as a Flying Officer in the 22nd Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. On April 6, 1941, Flying Officer Campbell was a pilot of a Beaufort aircraft which was detailed to attack the German battle cruiser Gneisenau at Brest Harbor, France. The battle cruiser was secured alongside the wall on the north shore of the harbor protected by a stone mole, batteries of guns and three heavily armed anti-aircraft ships. Knowing the heavy odds, he ran the gauntlet of the defenses, coming in at almost sea level, passed the anti-aircraft ships under extreme fire and launched a torpedo at point-blank range as the battle cruiser was trying to leave dock. The battle cruiser was severely damaged below the water-line and had to return to the dock out of action. Because of rising ground surrounding the harbor Flying Officer Campbell was forced into a steep banking turn, was met by heavy enemy anti-aircraft flak and crashed into the harbor, killing him and his other three crew mates. For valor of the highest order, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on March 13, 1942.

You can view the Cenotaph here: Cenotaph

World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Saltcoats, Scotland, he served as a Flying Officer in the 22nd Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. On April 6, 1941, Flying Officer Campbell was a pilot of a Beaufort aircraft which was detailed to attack the German battle cruiser Gneisenau at Brest Harbor, France. The battle cruiser was secured alongside the wall on the north shore of the harbor protected by a stone mole, batteries of guns and three heavily armed anti-aircraft ships. Knowing the heavy odds, he ran the gauntlet of the defenses, coming in at almost sea level, passed the anti-aircraft ships under extreme fire and launched a torpedo at point-blank range as the battle cruiser was trying to leave dock. The battle cruiser was severely damaged below the water-line and had to return to the dock out of action. Because of rising ground surrounding the harbor Flying Officer Campbell was forced into a steep banking turn, was met by heavy enemy anti-aircraft flak and crashed into the harbor, killing him and his other three crew mates. For valor of the highest order, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on March 13, 1942.

You can view the Cenotaph here: Cenotaph

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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'Youngest Son Of James Campbell, Kerelaw, Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland'


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 1 Nov 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 9739188
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9739188/kenneth-campbell: accessed ), memorial page for Kenneth Campbell (21 Apr 1917–6 Apr 1941), Find a Grave Memorial ID 9739188, citing Brest-Kerfautras Cemetery, Saint-Martin-des-Champs, Departement du Finistère, Bretagne, France; Maintained by Find a Grave.