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Air Marshal Hugh Lester Campbell, CBECD (July 13, 1908 – May 25, 1987) was a senior commander in the Royal Canadian Air Force and then a politician for Northwest TerritoriesCanada.

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Educated at the University of New Brunswick, Campbell was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1931.[1]

During World War II, Campbell served as the Director of Air Staff at the RCAF Overseas Headquarters. In his capacity as Director, on one occasion Campbell was inspecting air force units in North Africa when his jeep drove over a mine and Campbell was wounded. Returning to Canada, in January 1944 Campbell was appointed as Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff at the Royal Canadian Air ForceHeadquarters in Ottawa. The following April he became Air Member for Personal on promotion to air vice-marshal remaining at Ottawa.[2]

In 1952 Campbell was appointed as the first Air Officer Commanding the Canadian Air Division in Europe.[1] He retained this post until 1955 and during his years in command Canada’s European commitment to NATO rose to 12 squadrons.[1] From 1955 to 1957 he was the Vice Air Deputy at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. He was appointed Chief of the Air Staff in 1957, holding the post until 1962 when he retired.[1]

Following his service career Campbell entered politics. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories being appointed to the council to serve as an at-large member three times from 1964 to 1975. He died in Ottawa on May 25, 1987.[3]

From The Canadian Encyclopaedia

Hugh Lester Campbell

Hugh Lester Campbell, air marshal (b at Salisbury, NB 13 July 1908; d at Ottawa 25 May 1987).

Campbell, Hugh Lester

Hugh Lester Campbell, air marshal (b at Salisbury, NB 13 July 1908; d at Ottawa 25 May 1987). Commissioned in the RCAF in 1931 after gaining an engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick, Campbell was director of training plans at Air Force Headquarters during the formative stages of the BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN in 1939-40. He then served in the UK and Middle East before finishing the war as an air vice-marshal and member of the Air Council, Ottawa. Campbell was the first commander of the Canadian Air Division in Europe 1952-55, a period that saw Canada’s European air commitment to NATO rise to 12 squadrons. A dynamic leader who did not suffer fools gladly, he became chief of the air staff in 1957, retiring in 1962 when he was appointed a commissioner of the NWT.

Hugh Campbell tribute Canadian Parliamentary Review 1987

A motion urging the federal government to renew its share of the financial contributions required to stimulate and develop the economy of the NWT and to negotiate a new economic development policy for the Territories was also carried unanimously. In proroguing this final Session of the Legislative Assembly, Commissioner John Parker paid tribute to the late Air Marshal Hugh Campbell, an appointed Member of the Territorial Council from 1964 to 1975. Air Marshal Campbell died in Ottawa on May 25. Commissioner Parker also noted, during his speech, that “the Tenth Assembly has seen major advances and has undertaken a tremendous amount of work”. In particular, Commissioner Parker pointed out that the Assembly as a whole had elected the Government Leader for the first time. The Government Leader also was named to the position of Chairman of the Executive Council for the first time at the request of the Tenth Assembly. The First Session of the Eleventh Assembly is expected to convene in November when newly-elected Members will meet for the first time.

Ann Taylor, Public Affairs Officer, Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly.