Based on two interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., in November 1974. The volume contains 369 pages of interview transcript plus an index and appendices. The transcript is copyright 1976 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.
Designated a naval aviator in 1929, Admiral Russell had the normal tours both aboard ship and ashore and earned a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering while in postgraduate training. During World War II he led VP-42 in action against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands campaign. After a short tour back in the States, he was chief of staff to Commander Carrier Division Two. In 1945 and 1946 he served as a member of the Strategic Bombing Survey in Japan. Later he commanded the Coral Sea in the Med; in 1955 was Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics; was awarded the Collier Trophy in 1956 for development of the supersonic Crusader Navy fighter; was Deputy CinC of the Atlantic Fleet; Vice Chief of Naval Operations (1958-1961); and CinC Allied Forces Southern Europe until retirement in 1965.