Russell William Thaw
American pilot
Russell William Thaw
Russell William Thaw was an American racing pilot who fought in World War II.
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  • 1984
    Age 73
    Thaw died in Santa Barbara, California on May 6, 1984.
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  • 1941
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Thaw married again and had three children: sons Michael William Thaw, Russell Hall Thaw, and a daughter, Theresa Nesbit Thaw. In his later years, he served as the postmaster of a small town in Connecticut.
  • 1936
    Age 25
    On July 17, 1936, he married Katherine Emily Roberts, a Beverly Hills debutante and a graduate of Radcliffe College.
    More Details Hide Details After their wedding, they moved to White Plains, New York. They separated on March 15, 1939. Katherine Thaw sued her husband for cruelty and "refusal to live with her".
  • 1935
    Age 24
    On December 10, 1935 he crashed in Atlanta, Georgia while on his way to rescue the polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth after leaving from Caldwell, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details He also served as a private pilot to the Guggenheim family.
    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.
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  • 1933
    Age 22
    Flying the Gee Bee "Model R-2" - P&W Wasp, he withdrew from the 1933 race.
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  • 1931
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1910
    Born on October 25, 1910.
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