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Bomber Command Crest
06.08.1940 12 Operational Training Unit Battle I L4943 P/O. Fisher

Operation: Training

Date: 06th August 1940 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 12 Operational Training Unit 6 Group

Type: Fairey Battle I

Serial: L4943

Code: None issued

Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire

Location: Watlington

Pilot: P/O. 'Bricky' Arthur Vivian Fisher 43702 RAF Age 23. Killed


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.

Burial details:

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:

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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