A/F/L Gillian Lorne Campbell

Gillian Lorne Campbell

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T.

Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T., 272 Squadron, son of Sir Edward Campbell, M.P. and Lady Campbell, of Ambleside,  Westmoreland Road, Bromley has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Flight Lieutenant Campbell has completed many hours operational flying, involving patrols over Norway, France, the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.  He has destroyed at least two hostile aircraft and probably destroyed others on the ground, in low level attacks on enemy bases.

Throughout Lieutenant Campbell has set an excellent example, states the Air Ministry official announcement.

Acting Flight Lieutenant Campbell was born at Samarang, Java, in 1920, and was educated at Charterhouse.  He was at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, when war broke out, was a member of the Cambridge University Air Squadron, and joined the R.A.F.V.R. as a Sergeant-Pilot, obtaining his commission and wings a year later, as the result of successful examinations.

It will be remembered that Miss Jean Campbell, daughter of Sir Edward Campbell and Lady Campbell, was awarded some six months ago, the British Empire Medal for gallantry.

Is this the first case of a sister and brother being decorated during this war?


Newspaper article regarding Gillian Lorne Campbell who received teh distinguished flying cross in 1942

Bromley & District Times, 6th February 1942 (page 5)

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