Retired Air Force Col. Murdoch W. Campbell, 67, a bomber pilot who was a decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died Saturday at Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va. He was a resident of Alexandria.
A spokeman for the medical examiner's office in Norfolk said that Col. Campbell died from injuries sustained in an accidental fall Thursday at his vacation home near Nags Head, N.C.
Col. Campbell was a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1939.
During World War II, he flew bombing missions over Europe. On D-Day, his plane was hit by German antiaircraft fire over Normandy. He kept his crippled plane in the air long enough for his crew members to bail out, then landed behind enemy lines. He was captured, and spent 10 months in a prisoner of war camp. He was later awarded the Silver Star Medal.
He also served as a bomber pilot in Korea.
Col. Campbell came to this area in the early 1960s when he was assigned to the Pentagon. After retiring from active duty in 1963, he worked for about three years as a research and developemental engineer with the Atlantic Research Corporation in Alexandria, then sold real estate before retiring a second time in the mid-1970s.
His wife of 33 years, Maria Campbell, died in 1979. Col. Campbell's survivors include a son, Murdoch Garrett Campbell of Arlington; three daughters, Jessica Ann Woolf of Mahopac, N.Y., Elizabeth Grace Lacey of Lorton, and Amy Ruth Campbell of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Ruth Stoddard of Argenta, Ill, and four grandchildren.