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Lieut Frederick Mears, III
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1915
Seattle
King County
Washington, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 1943
Otay
San Diego County
California, USA

Fred was a naval aviator (#9056) who earned his Wings of Gold in 1941, prior to Dec. 7th. He was assigned as a replacement pilot with torpedo squadron VT-8 aboard the USS Hornet during the June 1942 Battle of Midway. He did not launch on June 4th with the others of VT-8.

Following the Midway battle Fred's next assignment was with VT-6 aboard the USS Enterprise. Upon returning to the U.S., his next assignment was with a composite squadron (VC-18). While on a training flight, during a high-speed dive, his TBF Avenger torpedo bomber came apart and he, along with his two crewmembers (Jack Booth and Joe Daniels) were killed.

Fred's book "Carrier Combat: A Young Pilot's Story of Action Aboard 'USS Hornet' in World War II" was published in 1944.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Frederick Mears (____ - 1939)
  Jennie W Mears (1880 - 1953)
 
Note: A memorial marker placed in the Fort Lawton Cemetery, Seattle, by the family.
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Scattered over Puget Sound.
Plot: Fort Lawton Cemetery Seattle Washington
 
Created by: Mike Weeks
Record added: Feb 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34233670
 

 
 
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