Russell served as a First Lieutenant & Pilot on B-25D #41-30259, 499th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Hennepin County, Minnesota & was a member of the Minnesota National Guard prior to the war.
His National Guard unit was called into full time active Army service on February 10, 1941, prior to the war, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was noted, at that time, as being employed in the amusement field and also as Single, without dependents.
B-25D #41-30259 took off, with a crew of 4, from Nadzab Airfield (APO #713), Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on a local transition mission. They were scheduled to return to Nadzab after this mission however were not seen or heard from again.
Russell was declared "Missing In Action" on this flight during the war.
He was previously awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.
Service # O-796800
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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30259:
Blair, Raymond D ~ T/Sgt, Gunner, OR
Edwards, Robert J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, CA
Erum, Russell N ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MN
Sims, Mack L, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )
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Previously added to Find A Grave:
World War II
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Service Number: O-796800 1
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster 1
499th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium
Graduated from George Field, IL. S/N: O-796800. He was a B-25 pilot serving with the 345th Bomb Grp 499th BS. On March 26, 1944 he was pilot of a B-25D that was on a local transition flight in the South-West Pacific Area and failed to return to base as expected. He went Missing In Action and was later declared dead (MACR #4496).