Supply drop parachute, Changi, August 1945 : Private A A S Fisk, 2/20 Battalion

Place Asia: Singapore, Changi
Accession Number REL34580
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Canvas, Cotton, Cotton tape
Maker Turner Parachute Pty Ltd
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made c 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Fine white cotton supply drop parachute 10 panel, 11 foot canopy complete with shrouds. The top of the canopy has a circular opening reinforced with lightweight canvas to provide stability to the load as it descends. There are ten shrouds threaded from top to bottom through wide French seams placed evenly around the canopy. The shrouds are tied together where they cross over the top of the upper opening. The canopy is stamped in ink on one panel '12345' and 'THE TURNER PARACHUTE PTY. LTD. /15 SMAIL STREET, SYDNEY, N.S.W./ PARACHUTE 11 FEET MARK IV/F/LP/ RECONNAISSANCE/ DATE 17 JUL 1942/ NO. AS ON 8 PANEL' and the checker's stamp '11' within a circle.

History / Summary

This parachute was picked up in Changi by NX56868 Private Alexander Angus Scott Fisk, of 2/20 Battalion, when the first supply drops of emergency foods amd medicines were made into the former POW camp at the end of the Second World War, in August 1945. Fisk was born in Granville, NSW in 1918 and enlisted in the army on 9 July 1940. He was discharged in February 1946.