LEST WE FORGET 

Second Lieutenant Charles Bruce CAMPBELL

From Australia serving in the Royal Flying Corps

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Yarralumla NSW (now ACT), 29 March 1890
Unit: 48th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (based at Leffrinckoucke, France)
Died: Air Operations, near Cambrai, 29 November 1917, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Cambrai East Military Cemetery, Nord, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick and Christina Campbell, of Red Hill, Tumut, New South Wales, Australia. Born at Yarralumla
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Memorial Window, St John’s Church, Reid ACT

On 29 November 1917, aircraft from the 48th Squadron had completed their bombing mission to the east of Cambrai, France, and were returning home when they were attacked by a superior German force of Albatros Scout aircraft.  DH4 aircraft A7704, flown by Second Lieutenant Campbell (Pilot) and Air Mechanic First Class William Alfred Samways (14262) RFC (Gunner) and flying at the rear of the formation, was last seen in flames over Thun St Martin, France.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives UK Casualty Book AIR 1/968 page 419, 43532

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