06.08.1940 12 Operational Training Unit Battle I L4943 P/O. Fisher
Date: 06th August 1940 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 12 Operational Training Unit 6 Group
Type: Fairey Battle I
Code: None issued
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Pilot: P/O. 'Bricky' Arthur Vivian Fisher 43702 RAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 23:15 hrs on a solo night flight training exercise.
Shortly afterwards whilst climbing to 800 - 1000 ft the aircraft was seen to swing to starboard then to port before flying into the ground and catching fire at Watlington.
P/O. Arthur Vivian Fisher. Benson Churchyard Extension (St. Helen). Row B. Grave 7. Born on the 18th February 1917 at Netherton, the son of Arthur and Emily Fisher of Paeroa, Auckland, New Zealand. Grave inscription reads: 'He Fought The Fight He Kept The Faith He Died That We Might Live'. A total of 160 flying hours logged. Trained at No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School RNZAF Station Taieri in 1939.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, Stephen Potts for grave photograph, other sources as quoted below: