CAMPBELL, DONALD CHARLES, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-803773, USAAF

 

Donald Campbell, Jr., was born 22 December 1919, at the Sacred Heart – Catholic Medical Center, in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, to Donald Campbell (1890-1958) and Grace (Crossley Lummis) Campbell (1891-1973). He graduated from Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey, in 1939. Siblings included James Alexander Campbell (1921-2007), Martha E. Campbell (1923-    ), and a cousin was Carol Newman (1909-    ). In 1940, the family lived at 127 Lewellyn Road, Montclair, New Jersey. A missing in action article published in the Clovis News-Journal, Clovis, New Mexico, tells that his wife, Dorothy M. (Ewing) Goodman nee Campbell (1923-2003), is in Clovis with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Ewing, 1017 Main St., Clovis.

 

He was extensively trained, first on single engine aircraft then in advanced flight school, was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas after serving at Clovis Air Field. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered in the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, James A. Campbell, born 31 July 1921, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, enlisted in Newark, New Jersey, on 6 August 1942 (# 32456504). He completed two years of college.