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Campbell, Harold D.

Campbell was a veteran of the Western Front who became a pioneering Marine aviator. He gained some prominence in the 1920s for logging over 2500 flying hours without a mishap, a remarkable record of safe flying for that era. He was awarded the Schiff Trophy in 1926 for this achievement. He was also an expert aerial marksman and bombardier and participated in the Nicaragua campaign.

Campbell later led the team that developed the aviation section of the Tentative Manual for Landing Operations. Assigned as an advisor to the British Combined Operations staff, he helped plan the disastrous Dieppe raid.

Campbell commanded 4 Marine Aircraft Wing from July 1943 to May 1944, at Samoa, Funafuti and Peleliu.

Service record

1918

2 Marine Division, France
1921

Flight training
1922

Flight instructor
1926
Captain

1941
Lieutenant colonel     
Commander, MAG-11
1942
Brigadier general      Liaison, British Combined Operations
1943-7-7      

Commander, 4 Marine Aircraft Wing, Samoa
1945-4-23

Commander, 9 Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina

References

Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register (2009-7-17; accessed 2013-9-2)

Garand and Strowbridge (1971; accessed 2012-9-2)

MilitaryTimes.com (2013; accessed 2013-9-2)

Molnar (accessed 2013-9-2)

Rottman (2002)



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