LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Ronald James FISCALINI

Service No: 409535
Born: Stawell VIC, 8 August 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 September 1941
Unit: No. 8 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 8 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit Spitfire aircraft X4494), off the Scottish Coast, 13 May 1943, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Olrig New Cemetery, Caithness-shire, Scotland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Martin James Fiscalini and Evelyn Lavinia Fiscalini; husband of Doris Elizabeth Fiscalini, of Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Ararat VIC
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 13 May 1943, Spitfire X4494 took off on a non-operational day training exercise detailed to carry out low level oblique photography below the cloud base. The aircraft crashed at 1100 hours into the sea in the Isle of Stoma, Scotland, and Flying Officer Fiscalini was killed. He baled out over the sea, and the following morning his body was recovered from the survival dinghy.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/13/53