Rank & Name: F/L AER Fry DFC

Date of Death: 28/04/1941
Details:

 

Above: Anthony in London in early 1941 to receive his DFC from King George VI at Buckingham Palace.

Anthony Fry was born and raised in South Africa but when war broke out in 1939, he ws living in Denmark and working in a brewery. He was recalled to join the RAF (having learnt to fly whilst attending London University previously as an Engineering student) and left for England leaving behind his Danish fiance Bodil, whom he would never see again..He was posted to Coastal Command and 59 Squadron.

Anthony believed that the night raids on enemy vessels were a waste of time and it is said that he had offered to crash land his Blenheim on the ships to achieve a better result, although this request was denied by his C/O.

It is unknown at this stage whether Anthony was posted with 59 Sqn to Poix for the Battle of France. The first date that I currently have of Anthon ywith 59 Sqn is of November 25th 1940.

On the day that he died, he was leading three other crews on an anti-shipping strike near the Coast of Holland. On this mission all aircraft and crews were lost bar one survivor. He was only 24 years old. view mission details

 

In 1942 the artist Sir William Rothenstein published a book called, Men of the RAF, which contained portraits of forty crew and ground staff serving with the RAF. The picture above of Anthony is dated 7th of February 1941, just two months before he died.

 

This photo is taken from the book "Bristol Blenheim - Theo Boiton". The image was supplied by Alec McCurdy, a pilot of 59 Sqn during and after the Battle of France.

 

 

Further Information

The above information and images were sourced from the book "How I won the War" by Alex fry and "Bristol Blenheim" by Theo Boiton.

Awardee of the Battle of Britain Clasp - Although entitlement was revoked by the Air Ministry in 1960 (read more).

 

 

Rest In Peace