In Memory

Douglas Campbell

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10/14/09 10:00 PM #1    

Robert Bushman

Col Douglas "Red," or "Bill" Campbell was the commander of the 610th from 1972 until around 1975. He came to that position from commanding the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, where he flew the long-wing, RB-57F Canberra air sampling aircraft, often in very long distance missions at high altitude.

Bill Campbell began his service as an enlisted man during WWII with the Army Air Corps, and was selected for flight training and a commission. He was also a veteran of the Korean War, where he flew the F-84 Thunderjet, operating from quite primitive conditions by today's AF standards.

On retirement, Bill and his wife, Nita settled on the waterfront in Ft Walton Beach on the Florida panhandle. He could not stay away from his love of flying, and together with a friend, soon got a small, private aircraft and took frequent trips in it.

A life-long smoker, Bill contracted cancer of the throat not long after retirement. He had to have his voice box cut out, but was still able to communicate somewhat by means of an artificial voice box. This made radio communications from his aircraft interesting: he taught his wife how to do it.

Despite his condition, Bill and his wife served for several years as service volunteers for their church, including stints in Australia and Borneo. Bill was known and respected for his unflappable, easy-going manner, his practical approach to problems, his sense of humor, and his respectfulness for every individual.

His life is much appreciated.

05/24/13 09:43 AM #2    

Arnold Person

I had the distinct honor of serving under Col. "Red" Campbell during the last year of my four year tour, ending in 1973.  Most of this service was in the Airlift Command Post which was under his jurisdiction.  Not surprisingly, he made almost daily visits to our facility and always conducted business in a friendly, professional manner, thus gaining the total respect of every member in the section, regardless of rank.  His total dedication and friendly manner only enhanced our ability to perform the mission, which was always his top priority.  In conclusion, looking back on my twenty five years of service,  Col. "Red" Campbell  was undoubtedly the finest commander I had the honor of serving with.  My wife Lorraine and I mourn his passing.

Arnold L Person


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