FRY, RAYMOND CHESTER JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-815589, USAAF
Raymond C. Fry Jr. was born on 9 September 1918 in Piqua, Miami Co., Ohio, to Raymond C. Fry (1893-1957) and Hazel Haines (Macy) Fry (1891-1959). Sibling was Thomas “Tom” Macy Fry (1924-2007). He was married to Alice Virginia (Hunter) Fry (1919-1993) on 14 May 1942 in Piqua, Ohio. In 1942 his parents lived at 511 Walker, Piqua, Ohio. He and his wife and daughter lived at 735 N. Denning St., Piqua, Ohio.
After enlisting in the USAAF on 22 November 1940, he spent some time as enlisted then completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and was assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 7 January 1945 a C-47A, “Princess Jeannie,” # 43-15370, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Shingbwiyang, Burma, departed the airfield on a combat air supply mission to “694.” It was monsoon season and visibility was poor. It was last contacted by radio when near 50° course 25 miles from Myitkyina, 25° 37’ North & 97° 40’ East. The C-47 crashed and the crew was killed. 10th AF Jungle Rescue Unit, 1333rd AAF Base Unit were notified after contact was lost. The MACR file includes 2 map pages. After recovery, the indistinguishable remains of crewmen Collier, Fry, Lowery, Fischer, Kuhn and Stribling, were buried in a group ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 16 August 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 4972-4973). A memorial was placed in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Ohio.
His brother, Tom M. Fry, born 7 December 1924, served in the U.S. Army from 19 February 1943. He died 13 August 2007 and is buried in Whitely Co., Kentucky. A memorial was placed in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Ohio.