Maxwell Kemp RUSSELL


RUSSELL, Maxwell Kemp

Service Number: 3670
Enlisted: 15 August 1938
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia, 15 August 1938
Home Town: Earlwood, Hurstville, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Accident, Townsville, Queensland, 7 June 1942, aged 3 years
Cemetery: Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

15 Aug 1938: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, RAAF Ground Training Units
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 3670
7 Jun 1942: Involvement Flight Sergeant, No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of John Herbert and Violet Russell of Sydney, NSW

Husband of Isabel Jean Russell of Earlwood, NSW

Flight Sergeant (Observer) Maxwell Kemp Russell 3670 was killed when RAAF Wirraway aircraft A20-470 & A20-473 of 24 Squadron collided in mid-air over Woodstock (USAAF Kelso Field) near Townsville

FSGT Russell failed to evacuate the aircraft due to injuries sustained in the collision.  The Pilot of A20-473 was Sergeant David Barnaby Davies 406924 who was able to parachute out successfully (discharged in January 1946 with the rank of Flying Officer).

The crew of aircraft A20-470 both made successful parachute jumps - Flying Officer Michael William Burrows 260702 (Pilot - discharged in February 1945) and Flight Sergeant Robert William Nimmo Orr (WAG - discharged in 1960 as a Warrant Officer from Melbourne Telecommunications Unit - post-war service number A31406)