HMS Campbell and it's Battle Honour "Arctic 1942"
April 2, 2011
Further to the earlier correspondence concerning the destroyer HMS Campbell and it's Battle Honour "Arctic 1942", my late father served on HMS Campbell from January 1942 to September 1943.
He was convinced that the Campbell had been to Murmansk at least once, as he recollected not being allowed to go ashore because of the risk to life. However, all reference books that I have consulted state that the Campbell escorted only one Arctic Convoy, PQ18, and then no further than the Icelandic meeting point.
Nevertheless, this was deemed sufficient for my father to qualify for The Arctic Emblem. He was also the proud recipient of the 40th, 50th and 60th Commemorative Medals of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, issued by the Soviet/Russian Governments.
I can find no evidence that HMS Campbell was an escort to a Russian Convoy.
Like you found, she is reported as an escort of PQ 18 as far as Iceland.
I have checked through the Russian Convoy base at http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/ without any reference to the
I have been through these books, to no avail.
Ian Hawkins' "Destroyer, An Anthology of First Hand Accounts of the War at Sea 1939-1945."
Richard Woodman's "Arctic Convoys" in my view the bible for detail of the Arctic Convoy run.
Dan Van der Vat's "The Atlantic Campaign." and his "War Beneath The Sea."
I was awarded my Arctic Star Emblem ( which I wear on my Atlantic Star ribbon ) for service in HMAS Australia when we went to Bear Island.