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Robert Cecil Fry

Military

Robert Fry was a student of McMurray College, Abilene, TX before enlisting in January 1942. He won his wings and commission as a 2nd Lt in the USAAF at Roswell, New Mexico on 28 July 1942. He was later stationed at McDill Field in Tampa, Florida before being sent overseas in February 1943. He was pilot of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed. He flew on many missions as B-26 pilot over Continental Europe in the 322nd Bomb Group / 452nd Bomb Squadron and was promoted to Captain. Shot down in B-26 # 42-107695 on the 8 July 1944 mission to the Abbeville-Drucat airfield, France. Made prisoner, he was interned at Stalag Luft 4 in Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland. Captain Fry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for extraordinary achievement while serving on 25 combat missions, and the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf clusters for meritorious achievement and flying 20 separate (more) missions as a B-26 pilot. Robert Fry stayed in the Air Force after the war and retired from military service as a Lt. Colonel in the USAF.

Service

People

  • Pierce Buckner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    S/Sgt Pierce Buckner was Tail Gunner in B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed.

  • Vernon Hedges

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot
    Lt Vernon Hedges was Co-pilot of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed. On...

  • John Latiloais

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer
    Sgt John Latiloais was engineer on board of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally...

  • Elmer Rosner

    Military | Technical Sergeant

  • Raymond Spencer

    Military | Flight Officer

  • Joseph Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/ Mechanical Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Joseph Weaver was on a local training flight on board B-26#41-17961 on 27 December 1943. Flown by Lt Robert C. Fry, the plane was involved in a landing accident at Froome airfield - Station 236, near Antrim, Northern Ireland. Weaver and four others...

  • Benjamin Wilson

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 28 September 1944 in B-17 #4337518 'Gini' PH

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-107695

    B-26 Marauder

  • 41-17961

    B-26 Marauder
    41-17961 was on a training flight on 27 December 1943. It belonged to the Headqurters of the 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center. Due to a mechanical failure, the plane crashed on landing at RAF Toome, Antrim, Northern Ireland. All five crew safe :...

Associated Place

  • Toome

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as a bomber OTU satellite, first to RAF Cluntoe and then to RAF Nutt’s Corner, Toome had three concrete runways, 30 pan type hardstandings, and two pairs of T2 hangars. 50 concrete 'fingers’ were added for aircraft storage during...

  • Abbeville

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, United States 28 June 1920

the son of Harold J. Fry

Lived in Abilene, Texas, United States 1941
Enlisted Dallas, Texas, United States 16 January 1942

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

Involved in training accident Toome, Antrim, Northern Ireland 27 December 1943

as pilot of B-26 Marauder Serial 41-17961. He and the four other men on board were safe and returned to duty.

Bailed out near Abbeville, France 8 July 1944

from the B-26 he was piloting, Serial 42-107695 of 322nd BG/452nd BS (9th AF)

captured near Abbeville, France 8 July 1944

after evading for a few hours

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 8 July 1944 – 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 4 in Gross Tychow (Tychowo), Poland. NARA WWII POW records: "Returned to Military Control 10 June 1946." (sic)

Buried Elmwood Memorial Park, Abilene, Texas, United States 1989
Died Abilene, Texas, United States 8 May 1989

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2018 09:17:45 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Corrected middle initial and name : C for Cecil, instead of G...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 442

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