Russ was born on April 6, 1913 at Hamilton, Ontario. Prewar he was in the Retail Fuel Business
He enlisted in the RCAF in July 1941. He did his training at #2 Manning Depot Brandon; #1 ITS Toronto; #1 AOS Malton where he received his Observer Wing in August 1942.

He was posted to the UK to #3 PRC Bournemouth in September 1942. His training was done at Wellington and Halifax Converson. He was posted to 419 RCAF Squadron in 6 Group Bomber Command at Middleton St. George.
Russ had a crew of Canadians and was shot down and was confined at Stalg Luft III (North) Sagan.
He was demobbed at Toronto in 1945
His post war occupation was in the Lumber & Building Business, London, Ontario.
His wife Marion - son Gregg and daughter Jane.