Service Details
Name:
RUSSELL
Given Name:
AIDAN STEWART
Initials:
A S
Service No:
47857V
Rank:
Lieutenant
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Regiment:
South African Air Force
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Unit:
1 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1941-06-30
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Date of Birth:
1916-07-25
Age:
24
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, presumed shot down over sea during convoy patrol NW of Sidi Barrani, in Hawker Hurricane Mk I #Z4112
Additional
Information:
Son of Arthur and Agnes Stewart Russell; husband of Dorothy Adeline Russell. Malcolm Stephen Osler (known inevitably as 'Bennie' after the famous Springbok rugby player), joined No. 1 South African Air Force Squadron, then flying Hurricanes, in the Western Desert, on 25th June 1941, and was made a Flight Commander. On 30th the Squadron met eight Junkers Ju 87s(1) and eight Messerschmitt Bf 109s(2) and immediately attacked the Stukas. Captain Osler and Lieutenant Ronnie Simpson each destroyed one, before the fighters got at them; Bennie then damaged a Bf 109, but Lieutenant A. S. Russell was lost and presumed killed. On Jeppe High School for Boys Roll of Honour. Commemoration stone in Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery.
Commemoration
Country:
Egypt
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Cemetery:
ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
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Grave Reference:
Column 245.

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