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Neil Donald Campbell
Neil Donald Campbell Pilot Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) J/88405 Royal Canadian Air Force 500 RAF Squadron June 12, 1919 Cape North, Victoria Co., NS July 12, 1941 Halifax, NS March 7, 1944 24 Malta Memorial Panel 16, Column 1. Commemorated on page 267 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 10 Pilot Officer Campbell was the son of Allen Peter and Flora M. Campbell, of Baddeck Bay, Victoria Co., Nova Scotia. He completed basic military training at #61 CABTC, Course 1, New Glasgow, NS between October 7 and November 7, 1940 serving with the 2nd Battalion, Pictou Highlanders. He initially applied to the RCAF in 1939; his application was accepted in 1941. He trained in Canada and went overseas in February, 1943. While serving with RAF 500 Squadron, on March 7, 1944 RCAF Ventura aircraft FP.546 with a crew of five was engaged in fighter training exercise thirty miles north of Cape de L’Aiguille, Algeria. At 4:15 pm, while taking violent evasive action to avoid the dummy attack of a fighter, the aircraft executed a steep turn to the left and plunged into the sea, exploding on impact. There were no survivors of the accident. A Memorial service was held in the Station Chapel on March 12, 1944. RAF 500 Squadron was based at RAF La Senia, Algeria between January 6, 1944 and July 11, 1944.