F/O. Frank R. Russell


(Robert M. Littlefield)

F/O. Frank R. Russell

38th FS - 10 December 1944 - 07 January 1945 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-14274

Mission History

15 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
304 07 January 1945 Bielefeld (Yellow 4)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes

From Montour Falls, New York.
ASN - T-62754
10 December 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
07 January 1945 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 15907

1/Lt. David H. Courtney reported: "Our squadron was over the Frisian Islands on a course of 240 degrees when I realized that my gas was too low to make it back to England.  I was flying Red #3. Red#4 and I went to 'C' channel and headed for Manager, getting good fixes from Sweepstakes and Manager.  Yellow #4, (F/O Russell), was also low on gas and started home with us. In the vicinity of Dordrecht, Holland he said he had insufficient gas to make St. Trond and got a steer to an R.A.F. base at Antwerp.  He broke off to our starboard on a Sweepstakes steer and we could hear him every 30 seconds or so in response to Sweepstakes fixes.  His last call said he only had 5 gallons of gasoline and still about 35 miles from Antwerp.  Sweepstakes made several additional calls to no avail and Lt. Jones, Red #4, called for him on all channels with no response.  It is believed he jumped just east of Walcheren or vicinity."

F/O. Russell's name is on the Wall of the Missing, Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

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