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Russell, Philip Campion Digby

Date of birth:
September 10th, 1922 (Kelowna/British Columbia, Canada)
Date of death:
June 29th, 1943 (Wognum, The Netherlands)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Protestant Churchyard Wognum
Grave: 13-A.
Service number:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Phillip was born on September 10 1922 in Kelowna British Columbia, the son of Christopher R. Tremayne Digby Russell and Elsie Russell nee Batchelor (deceased in 1941) and both English of Kelowna. They were married on January 21 1909 in Wadhurst Sussex England. His sisters were Joan Mary Digby Russell (with the Canadian Navy in Scotland), Mrs. Daphur Digby Harris and Margaret Digby Russell.

He was a bank clerk and member of the Church of England and his sports were football, golf, fishing and hunting.

He enlisted on September 2 1941 in Vancouver and he went thereafter on september 1 1942 overseas to the UK.

Phillip was killed in action on Tuesday June 29 1943 age 20 due to a crash at the Hoornsestraatweg near Wognum before or after an attack on Cologne in Germany. The other fallen RAF Volunteer Reserve crew members were F/O Francis E. Fielding age 21 in grave 13-A, Sgt Arthur W. Richardson age 22 in grave 13-A, Sgt Denis Scragg age 23 in grave 13-A, Sgt William R.R. Cook age 37 in grave 13-A and Sgt James T. Lloyd age 21 in grave 13-A. The other fallen RAF crew member was Sgt Victor H.J. Watkins in grave 13-A.

He is mentioned at the Cenotaph in Kelowna.

He served with the 207 (R.A.F.) Sqdn Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 17th, 1942
Pilot's Flying Badge
Second World War (1939-1945)
Flying Officer
No. 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1947

Posthumously awarded
RCAF Operational Wings