A TRIBUTE TO
F/L WILLIAM GAVIN CAMPBELL
and the
CREW OF LANCASTER KB 879

William Gavin Campbell


The Fallen Crew of
Lancaster KB879
#428 Ghost Squadron
USQUE AD FINEM
"To The Very End"
The crew of Lancaster aircraft # KB 879 were engaged on a cross-country exercise when they crashed at Sandon, Staffordshire, England.  F/L. W.G. Campbell, WO2 T.D. Lawley, Sgt. J.H. Kay, FS.s S. Berryman, J.L. Tweedy, E.J. Wright and FS W.G. Ward (RAF) were all killed.

CAMPBELL, WILLIAM GAVIN F/L(P) J21450//R119766
From Strathclair, Manitoba.
Killed Apr. 30/45 age 23
#428 Ghost Squadron (Usque Ad Finem)
 Flight Lieutenant Pilot Campbell is buried in the
Blacon Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England.

LAWLEY, THOMAS DANIEL WO2(WAG) R214612
From Hamilton, Ontario
Killed Apr. 30/45
#428 Ghost Squadron (Usque Ad Finem).
Warrant Officer Class II Wireless Operator Air Gunner Lawley is buried in the
Blacon Cemetery, Cheshire, England.

KAY, JOHN HENRY SGT(N) R142448
 From Calgary, Alberta
Killed Apr. 30/45 age 26
# 428 Ghost Squadron (Usque Ad Finem)
Sergeant Navigator Kay is buried in the
Blacon Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England.

BERRYMAN, STUART FS(BA) R186388
 From Hamilton, Ontario
Killed Apr. 30/45 age 23
#428 Ghost Squadron (For Freedom)
Flight Sergeant Bomb Aimer Berryman is buried in the
Blacon Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England.

TWEEDY, JOHN LESTER FS(AG) R286646
 From Lougheed, Alberta
 Killed Apr. 30/45 age 19
#428 Ghost Squadron (Usque Ad Finem)
Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Lester is buried in the
Blacon Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England.

WRIGHT, EDWARD JAMES FS(AG) R287664
From Winnipeg, Manitoba
Killed Apr. 30/45 age 16
#428 Ghost Squadron (Usque Ad Finem)
Flight Sergeant Air Gunner Wright is buried in the
Blacon Cemetery, Chester, Cheshire, England.

WARD, WALTER GRAHAM FS (Engineer) RAF 1567245
Flt Sgt (Engineer) Walter Graham
Flight Sergeant Engineer Ward is buried in the
Shawfield Cemetery in Selkirk, grave 2009 section H.
 


In Memory of
Flight Lieutenant WILLIAM GAVIN CAMPBELL
428 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
who died aged 23 on Monday, 30th April 1945.
Flight Lieutenant CAMPBELL was the son of John M. Campbell and
Katherine E. Campbell, of Strathclair, Manitoba, Canada. Sec
Remembered with honour
CHESTER (BLACON) CEMETERY, Cheshire, United Kingdom.
In the perpetual care of
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

HIGH FLIGHT
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941



RCAF Marchpast

Through adversities we'll conquer.
Blase into the stars,
A trail of glory
We'll live on land and sea
'til victory is won.
Men in blue the skies are winging
In each heart one thought is ringing.
Fight for the right,
  God is our might,
We shall be free.



BackAhead

SITE NAVIGATION CHART
Part I: The Home Front

Staging Area - Contents - Dedication
William G. Campbell Tribute Site
Wonders of the Internet: Sandon/Strathclair
Two Villages Meet
A Hometown Story:
Strathclair, Manitoba, Canada
Campbell Family Album: Early Years
Campbell Family Album: 1920s
Campbell Family Album: 1930s
Campbell Family Album: 1940s
Hope... and Despair
Victory
Lancaster Story & Links
RCAF Pilot's Flying Log Book
Greetings & Mementos from Canada I
Greetings & Mementos from Canada II
Brandon Sun FP Story: WWW.HEROES
MY FRIEND BILL by Mick Spack
Sandon Memorial & Fly-Past Photos:
Phill Barratt Photo Gallery

Part II: Overseas

Day 1: Arrival Day 2: The Grand Tour ~ Sandon Church & Hall
Day 2: Sandon House Day 2: Sod Turning for the Stone
Day 3: Stone Village Tour I Day 3: Stone Village Tour II
Day 4: Blacon Cemetery I Day 4: Blacon Cemetery II - Memorials
Day 4: BBC Radio Interview Day 5: Chatsworth
Day 5: Banquet at the Crown Day 6: Memorial Dedication I
Day 6: Memorial Dedication II Day 6: Lancaster Fly Past
Day 6: Greyhound Inn Reception Day 6: F/S Graham Ward
Day 7: Goodbyes: Memorial Site
Burston & Purl Cottage & Sandon
Day 8: Return ~ Home Again

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
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