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Clifford Bradford Russell


Clifford B. Russell was born in Bozeman, Montana and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 from Portland, Oregon. He received his wings at the 63rd A.A.F. Flying Training Detachment in Georgia in Nov., 1943 and was sent to England assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Group. In late June 1944, the 405th was ordered to move out of RAF Christchurch and into Picauville Airfield, France (near St. Mere-Eglise).
According Missing Air Crew Report (MACR 8511), on August 14, 1944, he was leading an armed reconnaissance mission to Calais. On his return, his flight ran into a group of 20 German aircraft. He was last seen diving in pursuit of an ME-109 at the time of his loss.
His Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (#42-76471) impacted the ground at Fontaine La Guyon, France.



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    405th Fighter Group

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Date Contributor Update
08 July 2020 20:28:29 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C #42-76471 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2020 20:26:54 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added the A/C S/N to the "Summary biography" from the MACR 8511 at

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07 April 2017 22:37:38 millebr Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography and unit associations
Sources; MACR 8511; Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil