Group Captain J.E. Pelly-Fry, D.S.O. Page 1
Born in Kings Langley in 1911, J.E. Pelley-Fry was one of the most influential early aeromodellers who became a decorated WW2 pilot. His Autobiography "Heavenly Days: Recollections of a Contented Airman" makes very worth while reading. He contributed enormously to model aviation in the models that he designed and built, the huge amount of model related literature and plans that he produced and his close involvement with the early days of The Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers.
Above shows J-P-F on the left with his close friend the renowned Dutch modeller Juste Van Hattum. Picture taken in 1929 at an International competition held at R.A.F. Halton. In the background is what looks very like a 'Resurgam' model that was designed by W. Plater who was an Instructor at Halton.
1981 picture of J-P-F on the right with Alwyn Greenhalgh on the left
Wing Commander James Pelly-Fry (center) and fellow officers of 88 Squadron celebrate surviving the Eindhoven raid on the Phillips factory at Eindhoven. Details can be found under 'Obituaries' button above.
What it says! Centre sitting is Alwyn Greenhalgh with J-P-F on his right shoulder. Denis Fairlie on left shoulder. Alex Imrie on Alwyn's right. Many other celebrities. Back row 2nd left- H.J. Nichols. Next is Norman Cooling. Back right is Ron Moulton with Doug McHard(?) below. Next to him is Howard Boys