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FRY, Emory A

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FRY, Emory Absalom

Servicenumber: T-122687



          Fry Emory A



         Fry Emory A 03

 

Age: 32
Born: 28 February 1912, Portsmouth, Ohio
Hometown: Alamance County, North Carolina
Family: Emory A. Fry (father)
Ella N. (Davis) Fry (mother)
Griffith R. Fry (brother)
L. D. Fry (brother)
Minerva V. Fry (sister)
Ina (Banks Boland) Fry (wife)
Allen Fry (son)
Anne Fry (daughter)
Rank: Flight Officer
Function: Glider Pilot
Regiment: -
Battalion: -
Division – Transport: -
Company – Squadron: 81st Squadron
Unit – Group: 436th Troop Carrier Group
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Serialnumber: 43-19797
Type: CG-AA Waco Glider
Destination: Landing Zone W near Best, Holland
Mission: Dropping of members of the 327st Glider Infantry Regiment during Operation Market Garden
MACR: 15332
Date of death: 19 September 1944
Status: KIA
Place of death: Kruishoutem, Belgium
Spot: Not available
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot D, Row 31, Grave 14
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Ardennes
Biography: -
Other information: F/O Emory Fry entered the Army in August 1942 and trained at various points in Texas, Boman Field, Louisville, Ky. and Lauringburg-Maxton. He was overseas since March 1944.

Due to bad weather in the vicinity of Ghent several tow planes and gliders encountered navigation problems. The glider of F/O Fry was released from the tow plane for an unknown reason, dropped down, hit some tree tops and crashed in a field. All fifteen passengers and the pilot were killed. On 20 september 1944, they were all buried at the municipal cemetery of Kruishoutem. At that time, Kruishoutem was already liberated.

Statement from John W. Gallagher, Captain, 82nd TC Sq. 436th TC GP:
"I was towing F/O Fry and was flying the number three position in a four ship element. I lost the formation over the sea about four minutes before I reached the Belgium Coast. Due to instrument weather I went down and crossed the coast under the weather at an altitude of about 200 feet. When we reached a point about 6 miles from Ghent, Belgium, the visibility got so low we could just see the glider from the tow ship so I decided to try climbing up through the overcast. We held the same heading and started climbing. When we reached the altitude of about 500 feet the glider pulled our tail down and left. Then it straightened up again for about 30 seconds. He then started having more trouble and either cut loose or the rope broke. We made a search of the area but found no trace of the glider. During this seach we found an R.A.F. Field so we landed and reported the position of the glider as near as we could."

Source of information: Astrid van Erp, Raf Dyckmans, Erwin Derhaag, www.wwiimemorial.com, www.fold3.com, www.findagrave.com, www.ancestry.com - Richard Fry Family Tree,  Greensboro Daily News (North Carolina) 

Photo source: Peter Schouteten, Greensboro Daily News (North Carolina) 

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