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Earl R Fryer

Military

Assigned to 544FS, 478FG USAAF. Transferred to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Merseburg in P-51D 'Spunktown' 44-13804, hit by flak in coolant system, strafing a train between Osnabrook and Hannover, heading for base with a failing engine, abandoned A/C near Hilversum, 8-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: DFC, AM (10 OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Group
    Goxhill had been a fighter training base since 1942 but it was only in December 1943 that a Fighter Training Group was established there. Pilots who had received the basic training in the USA would practise ETO operational procedures and gunnery before...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron
  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-13804 'Spunktown' 'Arabel'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Merseburg, hit by flak in coolant system, strafing a train between Osnabrook and Hannover, heading for base with a failing engine, abandoned A/C near Hilversum, 8-Nov-44. Capt Earl R...

  • 42-67418

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. A/C abandoned River Humber Nr Sunk Island 28-Apr-44. Cat 5 damage. Pilot 1st Lt Earl R Fryer baled out, OK.

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spunktown, Pennsylvania (Boyertown) 30 December 1916

Son of Mr and Mrs William B Fryer.

Enlisted Pennsylvania, USA September 1942
Flight Training California, USA September 1942 – December 1943

Flight Training. Nevada and California.

Crashed Tonopah, NV 89049, USA 30 June 1943

Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Tonopah, NV Cat 4 damage, 30-Jun-43

P-39D 41-28319 - 444FS 328FG.

Baled Out Davis, CA, USA 17 August 1943

Mid Air Collision Baled Out Davis, CA Cat 4 damage, 17-Aug-43.

P-39N 42-18472 - 326FS 328FG.

Baled Out Boonville, CA, USA 7 October 1943

Baled Out Boonville, CA Cat 5 damage, 7-Oct-43.

P-39Q 42-20802 - 380FS 63FG

Assigned Hamilton Field, Novato, CA, USA December 1943 – 31 January 1944

Assigned to 408FS, 372FG.

Transferred Paine Field, Everett, WA, USA 31 January 1944 – March 1944

Transferred to 544FS, 478FG as flying instructor.

Shipped Overseas Merseyside, UK March 1944

Shipped to ETO.

Baled Out Sunk Island, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU12, UK 28 April 1944

Baled Out due to Fire River Humber/nr Sunk Island Cat 5 damage, 28-Apr-44.

P-38J 42-67418 - 554FTS 496FTG 8AF.

Transferred Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6, UK 17 May 1944

Transferred to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6, UK 12 July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6, UK 27 September 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Hilversum, Netherlands 8 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Merseburg in P-51D 'Spunktown' 44-13804, hit by flak in coolant system, strafing a train between Osnabrook and Hannover, heading for base with a failing engine, abandoned A/C near Hilversum, Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 6871 Renkum, Netherlands 8 November 1944

Buried in his parachute in an isolated grave at Renkum Holland by enemy.

Buried Boyertown, PA 19512, USA 1945

Union Cemetery
Boyertown
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2016 10:51:54 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Fryer
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Fryer%2C+Earl+...
https://www.fold3.com/image/29249412/?terms=Earl%20R%20Fryer
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=118930092

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2016 10:43:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Fryer
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Fryer%2C+Earl+...
https://www.fold3.com/image/29249412/?terms=Earl%20R%20Fryer
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=118930092

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2016 21:27:09 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Fryer
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Fryer%2C+Earl+...
https://www.fold3.com/image/29249412/?terms=Earl%20R%20Fryer
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=118930092

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10440 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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