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Name: William Charles Campbell Balloon-Buster
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC) and bar
William Campbell
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 1
Victories: 23
Born: 27 April 1889
Place of Birth: Bordeaux, France
Died:
Place of Death:
 
 
William Charles Campbell joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 10 August 1916 and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3806 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Ruislip on 1 November 1916. Posted to 1 Squadron in May 1917, he scored twenty-three victories flying Nieuport scouts, all in just three months. Campbell was the first Royal Flying Corps pilot to shoot down five enemy observation balloons. Wounded in action on 31 July 1917, he returned to England and became an instructor.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. William Charles Campbell, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He attacked an enemy balloon, bringing it down in flames, and returned to our lines at about twenty feet from the ground under heavy fire. On another occasion he attacked and dispersed a column of infantry from a very low altitude. He has shown great courage and initiative throughout.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
2nd Lt. William Charles Campbell, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has repeatedly shown great fearlessness and skill in attacking and destroying enemy aircraft, on one occasion destroying three within one hour. He has also attacked and dispersed enemy troops from a low altitude, at all times showing the utmost disregard of personal safety.
   (M.C. gazetted in this Gazette.)
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
2nd Lt. (T./Capt.) William Charles Campbell, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.
    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on numerous occasions whilst on offensive patrols. He has displayed the greatest courage and skill in attacking enemy aircraft at close range, destroying some and driving others down out of control. He has proved himself to be a scout leader of the highest class, and has destroyed twelve hostile machines and two balloons, besides taking part in many other combats during the last three months. By his fearlessness and offensive spirit he has. set a splendid example to all ranks.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 May 1917 1115 1 Nieuport 17 (B1635) C (DES) Polygon Wood
2 19 May 1917 0730 1 Nieuport 17 (A6670) Balloon (DES) Ploegsteert
3 21 May 1917 2000 1 Nieuport 17 (A6670) Albatros D.III (DES) S of Armentières
4 03 Jun 1917 1525 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) C (DES) Gapaard
5 04 Jun 1917 0745 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) LVG C (DESF) Handzaeme
6 09 Jun 1917 0825 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) Albatros D.III (OOC) Oosthoek
7 09 Jun 1917 0830 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) Albatros D.III (OOC) Oosthoek
8 09 Jun 1917 1400 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) Albatros D.III (DES) Houthem
9 15 Jun 1917 0845 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) Halberstadt D (OOC) Becelaere
10 16 Jun 1917 0900 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) Albatros C (DES) Houthem
11 16 Jun 1917 0910 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) Albatros C (DES) E of Houthem
12 16 Jun 1917 0940 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) C (DES) Quesnoy
13 21 Jun 1917 1050 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 S of Polygon Wood
14 23 Jun 1917 1520 1 Nieuport 17 (B1700) C (OOC) 2 Wulverghem-Houthem
15 16 Jul 1917 1920 1 Nieuport 17 (B3466) Albatros D.V (DES) Poelcapelle
16 16 Jul 1917 1940 1 Nieuport 17 (B3466) Albatros D.V (DES) Zonnebeke
17 16 Jul 1917 1942 1 Nieuport 17 (B3466) Albatros D.V (OOC) Zonnebeke
18 21 Jul 1917 0750 1 Nieuport 23 (B3474) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Polygon Wood
19 21 Jul 1917 0800 1 Nieuport 23 (B3474) Balloon (DES) Wervicq
20 22 Jul 1917 0730 1 Nieuport 23 (B3474) Balloon (DES) W of Lille
21 24 Jul 1917 0800 1 Nieuport 23 (B3474) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Polygon Wood
22 28 Jul 1917 1350 1 Nieuport 23 (B3474) Balloon (DES) Westroosebeke-Gheluwe
23 28 Jul 1917 1410 1 Nieuport 23 (B3474) Balloon (DES) SE of Houthoulst

1 Shared with Lt T M McFerran (B3495)
2 Shared with Sgt Gordon Olley
 
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