Brentwood veteran Jim Fisher to visit Bomber Command memorial thanks to Hornchurch air cadets

A Brentwood war veteran is set to pay his own tribute to the men of Bomber Command when he takes a special trip next month.

Jim Fisher, 86, was a tail gunner on the Lancaster Bomber during the Second World War. Mr Fisher was unable to travel to Green Park for the unveiling of the Bomber Command memorial last Thursday – so his friends at 452 (Hornchurch) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets made sure he was there in spirit.

Ann Ferguson, a member of 452’s civilian committee, presented a photo of Mr Fisher during his time in service to Prince Andrew – and collected some of the poppies distributed during the Lancaster flypast.

“The poppies gathered will be made into a tribute,” said 452’s pilot officer Vince Ferguson, “and all the cadets at 452 Squadron are undertaking a series of sponsored activities to fund a trip to the memorial at Green Park to enable Mr Fisher to place this tribute to his fallen colleagues himself.”

The money raised will also fund a trip for Mr Fisher to the RAF Museum at Hendon, where there is a Lancaster exhibited.

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Mr Fisher, of Cleves Avenue, flew with 149 Squadron during the war. Prior to his RAF service, he had been an air cadet with 1483 Squadron in Brentwood.

As a civilian, he worked as an undertaker in Brentwood and then at a Havering crematorium. He and his wife Irene were married in Hornchurch, where Mrs Fisher lived, at the end of the war.

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