In Memoriam: Peter Falstrup Fischer DFC RAVR (1943)


Peter Falstrup Fischer in his 1943 Wartime Race kit

The Club has lately been informed of, and is sad to inform our members of, the death of Peter Falstrup Fischer in December 2022.

The son of Danish parents living in London, Fischer came up to Trinity in 1941, and rowed in the F&T 1st boat in 1942, before rowing at bow of the 1943 war-time Boat Race at Sandford. Fischer enlisted in the RAF in September 1943, where recognising a surplus of pilots and wishing to see action he became an air gunner.

His varied service included bombing raids on the V1 flying bomb sites, and in the Pathfinder squadrons. His final operational flight was in early 1945, by which time he had flown 52 combat missions and was awarded the DFC.

Post-war, Fischer trained as a teacher, then emigrated to Canada where he taught and coached at St. Paul’s School Ottawa. He moved to La Jolla, California where he taught at the Bishop’s School. Fischer maintained an interest in the Club, and passed his interest in the sport to his grandson Evan, who will be racing at Henley this year, a few days before what would have been Peter’s 100th birthday.

With thanks to Tim Koch for information and images