Eric Thomas Frith, of Cowley, was born in 1914 and educated at Bedford House and Southfields, Oxford. He worked for Morris Motors Radiators Ltd. as a record clerk before joining the RAFVR about October 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Frith was called up on 1st September 1939, completed his training at 5 FTS Sealand on No.46 Course, which ran from 1st February to 26th June 1940.
He went on to 7 OTU Hawarden on 1st July and after converting to Spitfires, joined 611 Squadron at Tern Hill on 29th July 1940. Frith moved to 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill on 21st September.
He was shot down on 9th October and baled out badly burned. His Spitfire, X4597, is believed to be that which crashed at The Ridgeway, Smeeth, Ashford. Frith was admitted to Willesborough Hospital where he died from his injuries on 17th October 1940. He was 26 and is buried in Oxford Cemetery, Botley, Berkshire.
Photos and text courtesy of Battle of Britain Monument website