Pilot Officer David Ralston FISHER

Service No: 419789
Born: Elsternwick VIC, 13 June 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 30 October 1942
Unit: No. 7 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Oakington
Died: Air Operations: (No. 7 Squadron Lancaster aircraft PB180), Baltic Sea, 27 August 1944, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William David and Edith Doris Fisher; husband of Mardi Fisher, of Hampton, Victoria, Australia. A.F.I.A. Served in 2/5 Inf. Bn. A.I.F. in Middle East
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 258, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2003 hours on the night of 26 August 1944 Lancaster PB180 took off from Oakington to bomb Kiel, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. Post war enquiries established that the aircraft crashed in the Baltic Sea and all the crew members were killed. Four bodies were recovered.

The crew members of PB180 were:

Pilot Officer William Samuel Baxter (418333) (Bomb Aimer)
Pilot Officer James Frederick Butson (178809) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer David Ralston Fisher (419789) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Marcus George Godfray DFM (1807618) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant William Bagley Smaill DFC (42504) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Norman Twell (1674832) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Albert Kenneth Wooliscroft (1583652) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)


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, 166/13/293

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