Russell William Thaw

Russell William Thaw

Born Oct 25, 1910

Russell William Thaw was an American racing pilot who fought in World War II.

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1910 Birth Born on October 25, 1910.


1931 20 Years Old Thaw participated in two of the cross-country Bendix trophy races, which were instituted in 1931 and held annually to promote and encourage the achievements of U.S. aviation.
1933 22 Years Old Flying the Gee Bee "Model R-2" - P&W Wasp, he withdrew from the 1933 race.
1935 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Flying the Northrop Gamma - Wright Cyclone, he came in third in the 1935 race from Los Angeles to Cleveland, ahead of Amelia Earhart in fifth place.
1936 25 Years Old On July 17, 1936, he married Katherine Emily Roberts, a Beverly Hills debutante and a graduate of Radcliffe College. … Read More


1941 30 Years Old Their divorce was finalized on July 8, 1941, with Katherine Thaw stating that her husband had separated from her because he said he could not support them both. … Read More


1984 74 Years Old Thaw died in Santa Barbara, California on May 6, 1984.
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