Russ was a Pilot Officer on Hudsons in 2 Squadron
He was born on the 25th September 1921 in Leeton, NSW. He enlisted on the 28th April 1941 and was posted as missing on the 3rd April 1944.
An edited version of the Accident report is as follows:
The aircraft, Hudson A16-203 departed Hughes Airfield on the 3rd April 1944 on convoy patrol. It became overdue at Millingimbi. The crew: P/O C D Brockhurst Serv# 425593, P/O R J Philpot Serv# 403877, P/O R L Black Serv# 411275, P/O H J Gillies Serv# 422042 and F/Sgt R G Frew Serv# 417771 are missing.
The following report was submitted after the wreckage of the aircraft was found after the war:
On the 28th September 1946, an RAAF party returned with the remains of the crew of Hudson A16-203 KO-D, the wreckage of which had been found near the mouth of the Adelaide River in a dense mangrove swamp by a crocodile shooter. Missing for 2½ years, the five airmen were buried at the Adelaide River War Cemetery on 8 October 1946. (See photo) The aircraft had been dispatched at 0352 hrs on the 3rd April 1944 to provide air cover for a convoy in the Arafura Sea. It failed to make the dawn rendezvous and a three day search found nothing.
Russ was the son of Reginald Lindsay Black and Evelyn Mary Victoria Black of Leeton, NSW. His headstone reads, “He did his duty as a man and is now at rest.”
David Hamilton and Ron Rigg
Updated by Vince Conant
The Spitfire Association