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New Jersey 1
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North Africa 2
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John F Campbell 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1917 1
New Jersey 1
Death:
31 Mar 2014 2
North Africa 2
Cause: Shot-Down, Pilot of B-25 2
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Place: Mercer County, New Jersey 1
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Army 1
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Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
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Army Serial Number:
32167196 1
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Trenton New Jersey 1
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Civil Life 1
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Box Number: 0473 1
Film Reel Number: 2.137 1

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Lt John F Campbell, Pilot, KIA, 31 March, 1943

North Africa

The 321stBG, 448thBS, LOST 2 entire Ships and Crew, the 1st LOSS for the Squadron, and both on the same Mission. Sea-Sweep)

John Campbell was born on the Fourth of July, 1917, in Hightstown, New Jersey. The son of a carpet weaver who never finished high school, he attended the Peddie School in his home town and entered Dickinson on September 16, 1937 as a member of the class of 1941.  While at the College, he participated in soccer, baseball, and basketball.  Nicknamed "Soupy," he was also very active in campus organizations, including the Student Senate, the Athletic Association, Microcosm, and Omicron Delta Kappa.  He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, serving as treasurer and president, and of Raven's Claw.

Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and after being accepted as a flying cadet was commissioned in the fall of 1942.  He was assigned to North Africa following the landings there and was posted as missing  on March 31, 1943 when a flight he was on did not return. He was later declared as killed in action.

Campbell, John Farr, 1Lt., Pilot, Enlistment Service # : 32167196
Officer’s Service # : O-792218
KILLED IN ACTION on 31 March 1943 On Sea Sweep Bombing Mission Off of Northeastern Tunisia.  On 31 March 1943  during a low element sea sweep the first battle casualties of the squadron occurred.  1st Lts. Hess, McKinney; 2nd Lts:  Campbell, Welton; S/Sgts:  Cookman, Hines, Kirol, McGinnis, McMurray, Ratajczyk, Rodgers, Headings and Lottes were shot down into the Mediterranean Sea by enemy fighters.  The mission however did succeed in sinking two enemy ships.

NOTE: TWO PLANES AND CREWS WERE LOST.
A/C No.   41-13205 (MACR-14578 - “Lost at Sea
Aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft”)
P->McKinney, Charles A., 1Lt - KIA
CP->Campbell, John F., 2Lt - KIA
N->None
B->Kirol, Edward A., S/Sgt - KIA
E->Ratajczyk, Thomas S., S/Sgt - KIA
R->Headings, Boyd V., S/Sgt - KIA
G->McGinnis, Lofton F., S/Sgt - KIA
F->Lottes, Richard O., Sgt (ASV) - KIA

and..........................................
A/C No.  41-13209 “Trouble” (MACR-14579 “Lost at Sea").  
Aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft”)
P->Hess, Robert G., 1Lt - KIA
CP->Welton, Mert J., 2Lt - KIA
N->None
B->McMurray, Walter J., S/Sgt - KIA
E->Rodgers, Herbert E., S/Sgt - KIA
R->Cookman, Harold F., S/Sgt - KIA
G->Hines, Ralph V., S/Sgt - KIA

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: East Windsor, Mercer, New Jersey; Roll  1361; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 72; Image: 743.0.
Household Members:  
Name Age
Clarence Campbell 39
Margaret F Campbell 34/Wife
John F Campbell 12/Son
Robert A Campbell 5/Son

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321stBG Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

Lt John F Campbell, Pilot/B-25 Mitchell /Shot-Down

Africa

Campbell, John Farr, 1Lt., Pilot, Enlistment Service # : 32167196
Officer’s Service # : O-792218
KILLED IN ACTION on 31 March 1943 On Sea Sweep Bombing Mission Off of Northeastern Tunisia.  On 31 March 1943  during a low element sea sweep the first battle casualties of the squadron occurred.  1st Lts. Hess, McKinney; 2nd Lts:  Campbell, Welton; S/Sgts:  Cookman, Hines, Kirol, McGinnis, McMurray, Ratajczyk, Rodgers, Headings and Lottes were shot down into the Mediterranean Sea by enemy fighters.  The mission however did succeed in sinking two enemy ships.

NOTE: TWO PLANES AND CREWS WERE LOST.
A/C No.   41-13205 (MACR-14578 - “Lost at Sea
Aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft”)
P->McKinney, Charles A., 1Lt - KIA
CP->Campbell, John F., 2Lt - KIA
N->None
B->Kirol, Edward A., S/Sgt - KIA
E->Ratajczyk, Thomas S., S/Sgt - KIA
R->Headings, Boyd V., S/Sgt - KIA
G->McGinnis, Lofton F., S/Sgt - KIA
F->Lottes, Richard O., Sgt (ASV) - KIA

A/C No.  41-13209 “Trouble” (MACR-14579 “Lost at Sea.  
Aircraft was lost to enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft”)
P->Hess, Robert G., 1Lt - KIA
CP->Welton, Mert J., 2Lt - KIA
N->None
B->McMurray, Walter J., S/Sgt - KIA
E->Rodgers, Herbert E., S/Sgt - KIA
R->Cookman, Harold F., S/Sgt - KIA
G->Hines, Ralph V., S/Sgt - KIA
F->None

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
NAME CAMPBELL#JOHN#F#########  CAMPBELL#JOHN#F#########  
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 32167196  32167196  
RESIDENCE: STATE 22  NEW JERSEY  
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 021  MERCER  
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 2280  TRENTON NEW JERSEY  
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 07  07  
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 08  08  
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 41  41  
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT#  Private  
GRADE: CODE 8  Private  
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI#  Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA  
BRANCH: CODE 00  Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA  
FIELD USE AS DESIRED #  #  
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 0  Undefined Code  
LONGEVITY ###  ###  
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0  Civil Life  
NATIVITY 22  NEW JERSEY  
YEAR OF BIRTH 17  17  
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1  White, citizen  
EDUCATION 8  4 years of college  
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 002  Actors and actresses  
MARITAL STATUS 6  Single, without dependents  
Height:  70
Weight: 142
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7  Selectees (Enlisted Men)  
CARD NUMBER #  #  
BOX NUMBER 0473  0473  
FILM REEL NUMBER 2.137  2.137  
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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: John F Campbell
Gender: Male
Race: White
religion: Protestant
Disposition: Nonrecoverable
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service Number: 792218
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U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing In Action or Lost At Sea, 1941-1946
Name: John F Campbell
Date of Loss: 31 Mar 1943 0
Branch: U.S. Army Air Force
Rank: 2 LT
Service Number: O792218
Status: Missing in Action
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World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Name: John F Campbell
Inducted From: New Jersey
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Combat Organization: 448th Bomber Squadron 321st Bomber
Death Date: 31 Mar 1943
Monument: North Africa
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal; Air Medal
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
John Farr Campbell Highstown, NJ U.S. Army Robert Campbell  
John Farr Campbell
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army
HOMETOWN: Highstown, NJ
HONORED BY: Robert Campbell, Brother    

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
PILOT OF A B-25 AIRPLANE. STATIONED IN NORTH AFRICA. HE WAS MISSING IN ACTION OVER THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA IN MARCH OF 1943.
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
2 LT John F. Campbell   ID: 0-792218
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Mercer County, NJ
Status: FOD
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source
John F. Campbell NJ U.S. Army Air Forces ABMC Tablets of the Missing
John F. Campbell    ID: O-792218
Entered the Service From: New Jersey
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 448th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium
Died: Wednesday, March 31, 1943
Memorialized at: North Africa American Cemetery
Location: Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart  
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From: findagrave.com:
2Lt John F Campbell
Birth:  unknown
Death:  Mar. 31, 1943  
Note: Entered the service from New Jersey.
Burial: North Africa American (ABMC) Cemetery and Memoria
Tunis, Tunisia
Plot: Not Given
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Birth:   4 July 1917 (4 Jul 1917) - Hightstown, New Jersey, USA
Marriage:  2 Sept, 1942 (2 Sep 1942) - Columbia, Mississippi, USA
Death:  1943
Parents:  Clarence Campbell, Margaret Farr
Spouse:  Ruth Emilie Coleman (entered by 321stBG Historian, Bari Ennis Connolly -PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  Questions, corrrections or additions ?  )

Lt John Farr Campbell, B-25 Pilot/KIA Mar.'43/MTO

Africa

By way of the most interesting and fun "consequesces" of Research, I found John's Brother !  Robert "Bob" and his wife Deborah, living in thier home town of Highstown  NJ.... Not more than "very many" miles from where I grew up across the river in Doylestown, PA.  ... and and less than 15 miles from where MY Dad/Edward Ennis was born and raised, Lambertville NJ.  Small world, It was a delight to speak with them both, and Bob is going to look for anything he has regarding his Brother John !

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st Bomb Group Historian, PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com 

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