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October 2006

One of Russ's sons, Brian, writes, 12 October: "I regret to inform you that my father passed away peacefully late in the evening of Wednesday, 11 October, aged 92. He had been in hospital following a fall which he suffered while returning home from a social engagement. Unfortunately, several complications set in and Russell was caught in a multi-front engagement, in which he fought bravely, but eventually succumbed to an overwhelming set of medical circumstances. He was very fond of his association with 207 Squadron."

There was a private cremation on Thursday 19th October. The UK memorial service was on Thursday November 2nd, at 2pm, at Twickenham Parish Church,
All Hallows, 138 Chertsey Road, Twickenham (map). It was family flowers only, but donations may be sent to the RAF Benevolent Fund via WA Truelove Ltd, 118 Carshalton Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4RL. Russ's ashes are going back with the family to Canada for interment and a service in Canada. They are also taking the poppy wreath provided on behalf of the Association and the Squadron.

at 2006 reunion, 3 Sep
Russ had a most interesting life, part of which was chronicled in our Newsletter, and more stories are emerging all the time - if you have one please contact the editor. Our reunions will miss his always affable greeting of "Good to see you, old boy" - from perhaps the oldest member attending. Our condolences go to the family and Russ's many friends. A new section of the website dedicated to Russ is in preparation.

September 2006

"My Morris car, Summer 1944: L-R Watson (pilot), self (Nav), Hill (RG)"
see also Ted Lawson's 1933 Morris

August 2006

Cecil 'Smudge' Smith DFM ISM, Wireless Operator 5/41-5/42 died on Saturday August 12th, aged 86. The funeral took place on on Tuesday 22nd August at 2pm, at Loughborough Crematorium, Leicester Road, Loughborough. It was family flowers only, with donations to the RAF Benevolent Fund. Our condolences have been sent to his family. Known to his family as Smudge, his RAF nickname, and preferring Charles to Cecil - he leaves his wife Eileen and three children, Jo, Carol, and Anthony; five grandsons and a great granddaughter.

Born in Beverley, East Yorkshire he joined the RAF in 1937/8 on leaving Beverley Grammar School.

He flew in Hampdens, Manchesters and Lancasters. He did 76 bombing raids including the first Thousand Bomber raid. He received his DFM from King George VI at Buckingham Palace and was Mentioned in Despatches. He also served on 44 Sqn.

He settled in Leicester after his marriage and worked with Ron Winton ISM in Government Communications. He was a regular attender of our reunions until 2002.

The Editor represented the Association. Our Memorial Card was on display and a prayer from the Association was included.


Nat & Jack at the ACA Family Day Service at Runnymede 13 Aug 2006: image - Haslam


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