Revd Pip Clements just sent this comment…
Sadly Wing Commander S P Russell passed away towards the end of November 2012 at Sibbertoft Manor Nursing Home, Northamptonshire aged 96 years after a very full life running the family foundary business and being Chairman of Leicester Aero Club and regaining his private pilot’s licence at the age of 67 yrs.
He lived for many years at Blakeney, Norfolk. A Service of Thanksgiving, following private cremation, will take place on Thursday 6th December at St. Giles Church, Medbourne, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8EB at 12 noon.
Revd Pip Clements
Distinguished Flying Cross. 23 April, 1943
Acting Squadron Leader Samuel Philip RUSSELL (73011), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 23 Squadron.
This officer has completed 41 sorties. Whilst serving in the United Kingdom, he participated in numerous attacks on lines of communication in France and Belgium, causing the destruction of seven locomotives. In the Middle East he has executed many sorties, involving attacks on rail and road transport, causing much destruction. In March, 1943, Squadron Leader Russell made a successful attack on a destroyer. Some days later he pressed home a vigorous attack on a medium-sized merchant vessel, setting it on fire. In addition, he destroyed an E boat. This officer has displayed inspiring leadership, great courage and keenness.
Russell was CO of 23 Squadron, as Wing Commander from December 1944 to 1946
Comments from readers
Rest In Peace Wing Commander Russell, we will always be indebted to you and your brave comrades … 605 and 23 shared many friends and fought many battles together, you will never be forgotten.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your friends and family.
No 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Phil Russell was my last CO at 23 Sqdn, and Phil I’ll miss you, but will likely see you soon at that big squadron mess in the sky. Say Hi to Sticky and the guys. You were the best!!!!! It’ll be nice to fly the Mosquito again!
Cricket 34 ( George Stewart)
Yes, time is running out for us —— but, he made it to 95! Well, he’s an inspiration to me. I wonder when he quit flying? For myself, it’s my 88th coming up Dec. 27, and I’m still in the left hand seat. I wonder if he got to see the Queen dedicating our Bomber Command Memorial? I attach a picture for you. I’m on the right hand side getting ready for that occasion.
Dick Perry, Flt.Lieut. (Retired), 218 Squadron