Russ Bath
Captain
Feb 8, 2003

David Russell BATH October 3, 1916 - February 8, 2003 Dearly Beloved Husband of Esther. Devotedly Loved Father of David, Chris, Mary, Russ. Deeply Revered Grandfather of Chrissey, Ken, Jenny, David and Proud Aviator and WWII Veteran. Russ: Your gregarious nature, adventurous spirit, and genuine interest in all pursuits of life will be greatly missed. Characteristic of you, in your own words, here is the sentiment your requested: "BEST WISHES TO ALL MY FELLOW AIRMEN & FRIENDS!" Immediate plans are for a small family gathering. Remembrances may be sent to: Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, 3120 Rainier So., 98144.


The following tribute was written by Jack Kastien:

Captain Russ Bath flew west on February 8, 2003 at age 86.

Russ commenced his aviation career as a naval aviation cadet in January 1941.  Subsequent flight training at NAS Pensicola led to designation as Naval Aviator # 9867 on 18 December 1943 with the rank of Ensign.  Russ flew several "boats" the most famous of which were the P2Y-3 & PBY.  Russ went on to fly Aircraft Commander on the R5D (DC-4) throughout the Pacific Theatre while based in Guam.  In 1946 Russ transferred to the Ready Reserve, filling various high profile and de demanding positions.  Commanding Officer VR=892, Instrument Training Officer, Asst. Air Wing Commander, member Naval Research NAS Seattle to name a few.  Russ "Carrier Qualified" in an AD on the Kearsarge in 1950 at the "advanced" age of 34!

In 1946 Russ was hired to assist in the start up of West Coast Airlines.  While all were highly experienced, Russ, "Willy" Willingham, and Pat O'Grady were the only ATP rated at the time.  Russ, single-handedly trained the original 12 captains for their CAA, ATP rides, literally flying the DC=3 night and day to do so.

Russ Bath and Pat O'Grady flew the first scheduled trip for West Coast Airlines on December 5, 1946, forging a new airline, which merged and materialized a dream that proved unlimited opportunity and careers for  so many.
{West Coast Airlines, Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic, & Northwest)

After his retirement from the airline in 1976.\, Russ continued flying as a corporate seaplane pilot, flight instructor, and FAA flight examiner, logging in excess of 36,000 total hours.  His last flight was a few weeks before his death with his daughter Chris.

Russ was married for 58 years to Esther H. Daniel.  they had four children, David, Chris, Mary, and Russ.  One of his grandsons "Kenny" is a Naval Flight Officer.

Russ always closed his letters to friends with "Gear Up."

The gear is up dear friend and mentor, God Speed.

 

Russ Bath
Captain
Feb 8, 2003

David Russell BATH October 3, 1916 - February 8, 2003 Dearly Beloved Husband of Esther. Devotedly Loved Father of David, Chris, Mary, Russ. Deeply Revered Grandfather of Chrissey, Ken, Jenny, David and Proud Aviator and WWII Veteran. Russ: Your gregarious nature, adventurous spirit, and genuine interest in all pursuits of life will be greatly missed. Characteristic of you, in your own words, here is the sentiment your requested: "BEST WISHES TO ALL MY FELLOW AIRMEN & FRIENDS!" Immediate plans are for a small family gathering. Remembrances may be sent to: Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, 3120 Rainier So., 98144.


The following tribute was written by Jack Kastien:

Captain Russ Bath flew west on February 8, 2003 at age 86.

Russ commenced his aviation career as a naval aviation cadet in January 1941.  Subsequent flight training at NAS Pensicola led to designation as Naval Aviator # 9867 on 18 December 1943 with the rank of Ensign.  Russ flew several "boats" the most famous of which were the P2Y-3 & PBY.  Russ went on to fly Aircraft Commander on the R5D (DC-4) throughout the Pacific Theatre while based in Guam.  In 1946 Russ transferred to the Ready Reserve, filling various high profile and de demanding positions.  Commanding Officer VR=892, Instrument Training Officer, Asst. Air Wing Commander, member Naval Research NAS Seattle to name a few.  Russ "Carrier Qualified" in an AD on the Kearsarge in 1950 at the "advanced" age of 34!

In 1946 Russ was hired to assist in the start up of West Coast Airlines.  While all were highly experienced, Russ, "Willy" Willingham, and Pat O'Grady were the only ATP rated at the time.  Russ, single-handedly trained the original 12 captains for their CAA, ATP rides, literally flying the DC=3 night and day to do so.

Russ Bath and Pat O'Grady flew the first scheduled trip for West Coast Airlines on December 5, 1946, forging a new airline, which merged and materialized a dream that proved unlimited opportunity and careers for  so many.
{West Coast Airlines, Air West, Hughes Airwest, Republic, & Northwest)

After his retirement from the airline in 1976.\, Russ continued flying as a corporate seaplane pilot, flight instructor, and FAA flight examiner, logging in excess of 36,000 total hours.  His last flight was a few weeks before his death with his daughter Chris.

Russ was married for 58 years to Esther H. Daniel.  they had four children, David, Chris, Mary, and Russ.  One of his grandsons "Kenny" is a Naval Flight Officer.

Russ always closed his letters to friends with "Gear Up."

The gear is up dear friend and mentor, God Speed.