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Service No: 86703
Richard Gerald Cruickshanks RUSSELL
The London Gazette
29th June 1945
Flight Lieutenant Richard Gerald Cruickshanks RUSSELL (86703) RAFVR 241 Sqn
This officer has participated in a large number of varied sorties. He has set a fine example of skill and courage and has invariably pressed home his attacks with accuracy and determination.
On his last sortie in April, 1945, Flight Lieutenant Russell took part in an armed reconnaissance. When nearing Padova a convoy of enemy vehicles was sighted In the face of considerable light anti aircraft fire a good attack was pressed home In the first run over the target, Flight Lieutenant Russell's aircraft was hit. Despite this, he made several more runs over the target.
He afterwards flew back to an airfield where he executed a perfect landing although the tyre of one of the landing wheels was punctured.