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Aitken, Russell Beverly

Rank and Name, Second Lieutenant Russell Beverly Aitken.

Unit/placed in, Scout Bombing Squadron VSMB-343”Gregory’s Gorilla’s”, United States Marine Corps.


Russell was born  on Sep. 13, 1921 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.


Father, John Aitken.

Mother, Leila Aitken.  

Brother, John Aitken.


Russell entered  the Service from Georgia with service number # 0-028184.


Russell died during a Mission to Midway, the story tell’s about a accident, but there is no proof of it, on Nov. 2, 1944, he is honored with a Combat Aktion Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.


Russell’s crew members and their position on-board the plane a SB2CB- were;

2nd Lt. Russell B. Aitken Pilot

Sgt. Howard J. Odette Radio operator/Gunner


Russell is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

Courts of the missing.


Thanks to  http://www.cmstory.org/content/aitken-russell-bevely-second-lieutenant Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/ 






His Plane a Curtiss Heldiver SB2C-3
Russell B. Aitken
His rank Second Lieutenant