Fry, William Benjamin (No. R/98031)

Fry, William Benjamin

Flight Sergeant (Pilot)

No. R/98031, 504 (RAF) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Saturday 26 September 1942 (aged 22)

Buried:

Drumachose (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Londonderry (Grave 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance (Page 75)

BIOGRAPHY

William Benjamin Fry was born on 9 December 1919 and he was a son of William Benjamin and Bessie Bryant Fry (nee Johnston) who lived at 119 North Bonham Street, San Benito, Cameron County, Texas, USA.  William Benjamin Fry Senior was born in 1894 in Oklahoma and he worked as a manager in a loan office.  Bessie Bryant Johnston was born on 14 August 1896 in Albertha, Randolph County, Arkansas and they were married on 22 February 1919 in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas.  They had at least four children:

William Benjamin (born 9 December 1919)

Norman (born 1924)

Bessie Lee (born 1928)

Jennie Mae (born 1929)

William Benjamin Fry was the husband of Mildred Harris Fry and they lived in San Benito, Texas.  He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and during the Second World War he served in 504 (RAF) Squadron.

On 26 September 1942, a Supermarine Spitfire aircraft (AB135) of No. 504 (RAF) Squadron based at RAF Ballyhalbert hit the ground half a mile south of Dungiven in County Londonderry.  This aircraft was carrying out low level manoeuvres while taking part in Exercise Punch.  The pilot, Flight Sergeant William Benjamin Fry, was killed and he was buried in Drumachose (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Limavady, Co. Londonderry.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

His father, William Benjamin Fry Senior, died in 1969 and his mother, Bessie Bryant Fry, died on 12 June 1985 at San Antonio in Texas.

Flight Sergeant William Benjamin Fry (No. R/98031) was 22 when he died and he is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet) and on Page 75 of the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance.