FISK, MARTIN BUSIER, Second Lieutenant, # 0-743579, USAAF
Martin B. Fisk was born on 23 February 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Hervey Frank Fisk (1885-1978) (Minn.) and Genevieve Maude (Busier) Fisk (1884-1950) (Iowa). Siblings included John Dewitt Fisk (1913-1976) (Iowa), Dorothy Jane Fisk (1914-2002) Iowa), Virginia Isabel (Fisk) Stockwell (1917-1997), and Harvey Dewitt Fisk (1937-2010).
He registered for the WWII draft, resided at 1507 S. Bryant, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was a student at the University of Minnesota, and described himself as 6’, 175 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 30 March 1942. He was trained as a navigator/bombardier for the B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. . He was sent overseas to India then to an advance base in China. On 15 June 1944, a B-29, # 42-6261, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 45th Bomb Squadron, departed the air base at Chakulia, India, on an operational mission to the airfield at the advance base at Hsing-Ching, China. 2ndLt Pruitt was the co-pilot. It was last seen at about 0240 Zulu at the airfield at Jorhat, India. The planned route was departure on course 57º from Chakulia to Jorhat to Chabua, China, to Hsi-Chang, China, then to Hsing-Chang, China. (MACR 6010). The aircraft crashed during the route. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
His sister, Dorothy J. Fisk, born 18 August 1914, served in the U.S. Navy from 6 October 1942 to 18 September 1945. She died 1 May 2002.