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Charles P. Campbell papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2002 Box 11 (02.0285-02.0300), Folder: 02.0288 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02.0288

Scope and Contents

Charles Campbell was bombardier on a B-17 who was shot down over Linz, Austria and captured by the Germans. While in captivity, he was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp and managed to keep a journal of his experiences there. He served with the 483rd Bombardment Group. Just prior to the war's end, Campbell was transferred to an unidentified Stalag and credits this with saving his life. The collection includes reproductions of 483rd Bomb Group artwork, a statement and picture of the Mauthausen concentration camp from after the war, a World War II memoir with pictures and documents and a copy of his obituary.


  • created: 1945-1997
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/26/2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Charles Phillip Campbell, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2005. He was born in Malaysia April 12, 1925, to Dr. Guy Gibson Campbell and Mrs. Helen Breen Campbell. Educated in England, he moved to Orlando graduating from Orlando High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII, was shot down twice in action and imprisoned in Mauthausen Concentration Camp. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, Silver Star, European Theatre, Prisoner of War Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He graduated from the University of Colorado, John Hopkins School of International Studies and the National War College in Washington D.C. and was also a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State 1957-1981, received the "meritorious" and "Superior Honor Awards" the Marquis "Who's Who in Government", serving in Africa and Jamaica, "Heroes of the 483rd" publication. He was a former realtor, an economic officer in the Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and State of Florida HRS inspector. Organizations he was involved in include: Past President of the Lions Club, Past President of Jaycees and VFW, Member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Country Club of Orlando, National War College Alumni, Foreign Service Retirees Assoc., and the 483rd Bombardment Group Assoc.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Mary Hart Campbell

Method of Acquisition


Charles P. Campbell papers
Dustin Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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