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Remembering Denis Callnon 776 Squadron - Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy
Name: Denis Callnon Service Number: JX/302286 Rank: Leading Airman Service: 766 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy HMS Landrail Date of Birth: October 15, 1922 Place of Birth: Ibrox, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Date of Death: April 3, 1943 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Campbeltown Kilkerran Cemetery, Argyll and Bute, Scotland Grave Reference: Division 4. Grave 608 Denis Callnon was the son of Denis and Jane (Adair) Callnon of Glasgow, Scotland. HMS Landrail (Royal Naval Air Station Machrihanish) was a Royal Navy air station, located west of Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. 766 Naval Air Squadron was a land based Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. It was formed at RNAS Machrihanish, April 15, 1942 as a night torpedo attack school equipped with Swordfish aircraft. 766 Squadron was not deployed on a carrier. Denis Callon was killed when the aircraft in which he was the air gunner crashed in the sea near Machrihanish on April 3, 1943. The The Pilot and Observed Observer, Alan Hubert Campion (Sub Lieutenant) Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, born in 1923 in Skerries, County Dublin, Ireland, and Maurice William Hilary Squire (Sub Lieutenant) Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve also died in the crash. Denis Callon and Alan Hubert Campion are buried in the Campbeltown Kilkerran Cemetery, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The body of Maurice William Hilary Squire was not recovered and his name is listed on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Gosport, Hampshire, England. The photo of Denis Callnon was among the wartime photo collection of Robert Ross, who also served with the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy during WWII. Robert Ross was also born in Glasgow, Scotland.