Russ was a Mosquito pilot with 112 Squadron
Russ joined the RCAF in 1939 and was posted to 112 Squadron. He transferred to 418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron RCAF in May 1944, equipped with the excellent Mosquito MkVI fighter-bomber and carried out many intruder missions, mostly against enemy airfields, especially in the period prior to D-Day. With the squadron, he helped to defend London against the V1 blitz, all night. With 19 flying bombs to his credit, he was given command of 406 (City of Saskatoon) Squadron based at Manston with the Mk30 Mosquito. From late 1944 until the war’s end he carried out operations mainly against enemy airfields.