NZ412605 F/O Glyn Fisher, 142 Squadron RAF
RNZAF Memorial Cross - F/O Fisher, 36 Ops
The GV Memorial Cross issued to the next-of-kin of F/O Glyn Fisher, RNZAF, who was lost on a raid to Budapest on the night of 17 April 1944.
Glyn Fisher was born 12 March 1922 at Wellington, son of Thomas and Alice Elizabeth Fisher (née Hyatt). He was educated at Wellington College before working as a cadet for the Post and Telegraph Department. He enlisted in the RNZAF on 12 May 1941 as an aircraft hand before remustering to airman pilot u/t in November 1941. Fisher was trained in Canada, but failed to achieve his wings, remustering to air bomber (bomb-aimer) in July 1942. He graduated in October 1942 and was posted to the UK. He converted to the Wellington bomber and was deployed to Tunisia with 142 Squadron RAF in September 1943.
Fisher flew on operations to targets in Italy from Tunisia before transferring to airfields in Italy in December 1943. During his 36th operational sortie, to Budapest, on the night of 17 April 1944 his aircraft, Wellington Mark X (LN503 -F) was shot down over Yugoslavia. All the crew persished, bar one who was taken prisoner. Night-fighter ace Oblt Johannes Krause of 6./NJG101 claimed a Wellington north of Breca that night - it is presumed this was Fisher's aircraft. He was buried in Belgrade War Cemetery, Yugoslavia (modern-day Serbia).
The Memorial Cross is correctly impressed NZ412605 F/O G. FISHER