Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter
The Short Snorter Project
Howard "Jack" Fry served his country as an Army Air Corps bomber pilot with the 20th Air Force in Guam during World
War 2. He was a native of Coffeyville, Kansas, and entered the Army in 1942. His first flight as an Aviation Cadet was
August 10, 1942, in a Stearman PT-17 from Carlstrom Field, Florida. He soloed on August 21 in a PT-17 from Myrtle Field,
Florida. He finished Primary Flight Training on 9/30/42 and began Basic Flight Training at Bainbridge Field, Georgia on
10/12/42 in a Vultec BT-13A, completing that on 12/24/42. Training started in the Beechcraft AT-10 on 12/30/42 at
Columbus, Mississippi, moving to the Curtiss AT-9 on 1/24/42. Cadet training completed on 2/17/43 with total flight time
of 203 hours 45 minutes. In May 1943 he began flying from Albrook Field, Canal Zone, in the Cub L-4 then switched to the
Douglas B-18A from Losey Field, Puerto Rico and Aruba, St. Croix. He finished up flying in the North American B-25D
"Mitchell" from Borinquen Field, P.R., in January 1944 with total flight time at 1,476 hours 35 minutes. Stateside training
began in February 1944 with continued training in the NA B-25D and the B-17F from Sioux City, Iowa. His first flight in a
Boeing B-29 Superfortress was February 15, 1945, with multiple flights primarily stationed at Grand Island, Nebraska. He
left Kearney Field, Nebraska on July 16, 1945, flying via Mather Field, CA, to Honalulu, HI, Kwajelein, Marshall Islands,
landing in Guam on July 22, 1945. He flew his first bombing mission in a B-29 Superfortress on July 28, 1945, over Pagan,
Mariana Islands. His first bombing mission over Japan was August 1, 1945, bombing Kawasaki oil storage near Tokyo.
His last bombing mission was August 14, 1945. He flew to Saipan on 8/31/45 to pick up POW supplies and dropped them
on 9/2/45 80 miles north of Tokyo, landing at Iwo Jima for gas. On November 1, 1945, he flew one of four B-29s that made
a record-breaking 28 hour non-stop flight from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. (before aerial refueling). He served as the 15th
Air Force Director of Safety and in 1953 was the Project Officer for the prototype of runway flush-lighting strobes at
March AFB in California, the first in North America. He commanded three Strategic Air Command Wings: 450th Bomb
Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota; 43rd Bomb Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas; 305th Bomb Wing, Bunker Hill AFB, Indiana.
From 1967 to 1970 he was Commanding Officer of the Situation Center at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, and
member of the NATO Military Committee. He retired from Carswell AFB, Texas, as Deputy Division Commanding Officer
with the rank of Colonel. His son, Jack Jr., submitted his father's short snorter below consisting of 16 banknotes.
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #8: Jamaica Five Shillings - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #9: British Guiana One Dollar - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #10: Trinidad and Tobago One Dollar - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #11: Mexico Twenty Pesos - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #12: Japan Ten Yen - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #13: Japan Fifty Sen - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #14: Allied Military Currency Fifty Sen - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #15: Philippines One Peso - (No Signatures)
Howard "Jack" Fry Short Snorter Note #16: Japanese Invasion Money ("JIM") Ten Pesos - (No Signatures)
(ABOVE) Howard "Jack" Fry  inspecting landing gear.
(LEFT) Howard "Jack" Fry  in dress uniform during WW2.
Newspaper clipping from the San Diego Union-Tribune January 26, 1995