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James Balfour Russell

In memory of:

Flying Officer James Balfour Russell

August 27, 1944

Aastruplund, Denmark

Military Service


Service Number:

J/29521

Age:

31

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

166 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Sidney and Marie Constance Russell, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 434 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

G.L. RYE CHURCHYARD
Denmark

Grave Reference:

II. 9. Coll. grave 14.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer James Balfour Russell is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer James Balfour Russell is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JAMES BALFOUR RUSSELL– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Cross made of aircraft remains commemorates crashsite.  
Photo courtesy of www.flensted.eu.com
  • Cemetery– Excerpt of story and photos from www. flensted.eu.com Airwar Over Denmark. Used with permission.
Lancaster III LM694 in 166 (RAF) Squadron was on Gardening (Mining) mission to Danzig Bay.  crashed Aastruplund 27/8 1944.  When flying over the Jylland peninsula on the return flight LM694 was attacked by a German night fighter and crashed at 03:30 hours at Aastruplund northwest of Horsens with the loss of all onboard.
 
The wreckage was spread over an area of 1000 x 500 metres.  The remains of the crew were found in the general area. German soldiers from the Wehrmacht barracks in Brædstrup arrived under command of Hauptfeldwebel Hein and sealed off the area in search for survivors
The Canadian crew members were: F/O Russell, F/S Jacob Schafer, and F/S John E. Fitzgerald.
  • Grave Marker– Photo of grave courtesy www.flensted.eu.com

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