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The Airmen's Stories - P/O J T Russell


John Trevor Russell joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training course on 8th August 1939.

It has not been possible to definitely trace his background but someone of this name was born on 1st March 1912 and was recorded as an 'Aircraft Draughtsman' in Farnborough in the 1939 Census.

Russell moved on to 11 FTS Shawbury for No. 16 Course, which ran from 23rd October 1939 to 11th May 1940.

With the course completed he went to No. 1 School of Army Co-operation at Old Sarum for No. 7 Course, from 20th May to 22nd June 1940. Russell arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 23rd June.

After converting to Defiants he joined 141 Squadron at Turnhouse on 10th July and was attached to RAF Uxbridge on the 19th for a short R/T course.

He flew some daylight convoy patrols in August and made his first night patrol on 3rd October.

Russell continued to fly operationally with 141 throughout October and until mid-November.

After his promotion to Flight Lieutenant (gazetted 15th May 1942) his subsequent service is currently undocumented though he is not registered as a casualty and it may be assumed that he survived the war.

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