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Narrative:Served with 3 Squadron under RAF control; from 80 Squadron (RAF); on 25/01/41 it was one of 5 Gladiators flying cover for the 19th Brigade (Aust) at 2,000 feet when they were bounced by 5 Fiat G.50bis from a higher altitude, the Australians despite not having the advantage put a good fight but only manage to damage 3 of the Fiats for damage to 4 Gladiators and the lost of one, with F/O James Chippindale Campbell (634) being KIA; it is believed that F/O Campbell was the last Gladiator pilot to be killed in 3 Squadron RAAF.
|Type:||Gloster Gladiator Mk I|
|Owner/operator:||3 Sqn RAAF|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||8 miles SE of Mechili -
Air Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s & my own research
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]|