Remembering aviation legend Russell Bannock

Two men wearing Second World War era air force uniforms, stand in front of a large aircraft.
On August 29, 1944, Squadron Leader Russ Bannock (left), DFC, and his navigator, Flying Officer Robert Bruce, of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 418 Squadron, look at the starboard engine that brought them back to their station after their port engine was knocked out by flak. They destroyed two enemy aircraft in the air before they were forced to limp home on the one engine. PHOTO: DND Archives, PL-33041

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There were big plans in the works for Russell Bannock’s 100th birthday on November 1, 2019.

In an October email to Skies, his son Michael Bannock said the centenarian was aiming to renew his aviation medical and planned to celebrate his big day by flying a beautiful stock piston Beaver on straight floats from the Toronto Harbour.

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