LARGE, GEORGE RUSSELL

Birthdate
Birthplace
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Age
25
Parents
Son of Alexander Russell and Florence Lillian Large of Makaroff, Manitoba, Canada
Religion
United Church
Occupation
Student
Service number
J/9688
Engagement
1941-04-10, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Overseas
1942-01-24, United Kingdom
Date of death
1945-04-16
Died
Germany, Died (POW)
Force
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Royal Canadian Air Force
Plot 11 | Row H | Grave 4

"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY"

Military grave
Additional info

Service number before becoming an Officer R/100413.

Awarded the Pilot Flying Badge on December 30, 1941.

Halifax II JB790 EQ-V took off at 23:39hrs. from RAF Leeming, Yorkshire to join a massive attack of 503 aircraft on Bochum. The bomber was shot down by Hptm. Egmont Prinz zur Lippe Weissenfeld of III./NJG1 at 01.22 at 15,000 ft over Sellen, 3 km North West of Burgsteinfurt. He was killed later in the war on 12th March 1944 along with his crew in the Belgian Ardennes during a transit flight in bad weather. Credited with 49 kills. 

Other crew members onboard the Halifax were:
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Thomas Leith-Ross (UK) 1487121 RAFVR Age 19. Killed.
Nav: Sgt. Albert Frederick Rayment (CAN) R/121901 RCAF PoW No: 230 Camp: Stalag Lemsdorf.
Air/Bmr: F/O. Francis Lloyd Milburn (CAN) J/20816 RCAF Age 23. Killed.
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Norman Bainblatt (CAN) R/133514 RCAF PoW No: 25 Camp: Stalag Lemsdorf.
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Joseph Elland Forest R/96860 (CAN) RCAF PoW No: 30 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria.
Air/Gnr: Sgt. David Hester Hutchinson R/137936 (CAN) RCAF PoW No: 174 Camp: Stalag Lemsdorf.

Leith-Ross (Plot 24, Row D, Grave 16) and Milburn (Plot 24, Row D, Grave 15) are buried at Reichswald Forest Cemetery, Germany.
Source: Aircrewremembered

F/L Large was a Prisoner of War (No:1502) at Stalag Luft III. On the 10th April 1945 he was moved from Tarnstadt (N.E. of Bremen, Germany) towards Lubeck. At that time he was one of a party Prisoners of War being marched in column.
Between the 13th and 14th April, 1945, while on the road, F/L Large reported sick. His illness was diagnosed as strangulated hernia + weakness of circulatory system and he is said to have been sent to hospital at Horneburg near Hamburg. 
He was escorted to the head of the column by a British Medical Officer but from thereon was in German hands.

F/L LARGE, GEORGE RUSSELL
F/L Large, George Russell

 

408 Squadron Halifax II JB790 EQ-V
courtesy Hazel Ross-Hughes