43-47211         MACR 13692

 

On 7 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A-55CK Commando, # 43-47211, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Hanchung, China, on a cargo mission to Peishiyi, China. The crew was:

                                               Pilot                             FO Robert M. Fiske                T-223677

                                               Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Robert K. Hill               0-774655 (1343rd AAF Base Unit)

                                               Radio Operator            TSgt Francis P. Bufkin Jr.        14095531

                                               Crew Chief                  TSgt Bert W. Wright                17091691

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                               Fiske                Arthur C. Fiske, F, Box 642, Poulsbo, WA

                                               Hill                  Elizabeth N. Vidor, M, 1636 Summit Ridge Drv, Beverly Hills, CA

                                               Bufkin             Irene J. Bufkin, M, 165 Archer St., Shreveport, LA

                                              Wright             Mabel A. Wright, W, Janson, CO

 

FISKE, ROBERT MAXWELL, Flight Officer, # T-223677, USAAF

 

Robert M. Fiske was born on 13 October 1916 in Charleston, Kitsap Co., Washington, to Arthur Case Fiske (1884-1958) and Edith Genevieve (Maxwell) Fiske (1887-1984) (married 26 May 1914, Clinton, WA). Siblings were Elizabeth May (Fiske) French (1915-2009), Margaret Allene (Fiske) Sprout (1918-2000), Kathryn Helen (Fiske) Lauth (1922-2013), Arthur Donald Fiske (1924-1996), and Eugene Grenfell Fiske (1929-2012). Descendents of Arthur C. Fiske may register with the Sons of the American Revolution; of Benjamin Fisk, Jr., DOB 1 May 1749, DOD 12 October 1820; Corporal in Capt. Robert Taft’s Co., Silas Wheelock’s Regiment. See SAR # 79121, State # 1123.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the Square Deal Cooperative, resided on Clinton, Island Co., WA, and described himself as 5’8”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. As an appointed Flight Officer, rated to fly multi-engine aircraft, he was assigned to fly the C-46 Commando. He earned his pilot wings. On 7 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A-55CK Commando, # 43-47211, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Hanchung, China, on a cargo mission to Peishiyi, China. It crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

 

His father, born 8 December 1884, served in the U.S. Navy, Gunners Mate 1st Class, # 19436/ 1507708, during WWI; (1) 25 January 1900 to 11 January 1910 and 23 February 1917 to 22 February 1921. He died 25 May 1958 and is buried in the Saint Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Clinton, Island Co., Washington.

 

His brother, Arthur D. Fiske, born 1924, served in the U.S. Army, Technician 5th Grade, Corps of Engineers, 1473rd Engineer Maintenance Co. He died 14 June 1996 and is buried in the Saint Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Clinton, Island Co., Washington.