Lieut Frederick Irving Patrick

Lieut Frederick Irving Patrick

Decatur, Burt County, Nebraska, USA
Death 22 Feb 1934 (aged 40)
Denison, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 6, Grave 9646
Memorial ID 24093869 · View Source
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Lt. Frederick I. Patrick was killed after making a forced landing near Denison, Texas. His P-26A aircraft flipped and his neck was broken. He was the operations officer for the 20th Pursuit Group at Barksdale Field, La. His death led to a redesign of the P-26 that saved many pilots' lives. His was the third death of a Barksdale Field pilot. The former officers' club at Barksdale Army Air Field (now Barksdale Air Force Base) was dedicated as Patrick Hall on Oct. 31, 1934. The building has been erroneously referred to by other names, most recently the Shreveport Club, in years since as the memory of Lt. Patrick's loss dims.

More biographical information, via historians Shawn Bohannon and Clifton Cardin:

Frederick Irving Patrick
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps
by Shawn Bohannon
Frederick Irving Patrick was born on July 16, 1893, in Decatur, Nebraska. After graduating from William Jewell College in Missouri, he enlisted as a Private First Class in the Aviation Section, U.S. Army Signal Corps on March 23, 1918. Following several months of enlisted service, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on November 8, 1918, upon graduation from pilot training at Chanute Field, Illinois.

With the exception of two years in the Philippines, Lieutenant Patrick spent the majority of his military career as a flight instructor at the Primary Flying Schools at Brooks Field, Texas and Carlstrom Field, Florida and at the Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field, Texas.

From 1931-1932, Lieutenant Patrick served as the Operations Officer and Senior Instructor of pursuit aviation while concurrently commanding the 48th School Squadron at the Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field. Upon graduation in July 1933 from the Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Alabama as a member of the Class of 1932-1933, Lieutenant Patrick received assignment to Barksdale Field, Louisiana as Operations Officer of the 20th Pursuit Group. He also served as the Barksdale Field Public Relations Officer. He had received promotion to the rank of First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Service effective September 6, 1924.

Lieutenant Patrick met his untimely death on February 22, 1934, during a flight from Barksdale Field to Denison, Texas. Experiencing a throttle control malfunction, Lieutenant Patrick lost his life when his P-26 Peashooter aircraft crashed at an emergency field 10 miles from Denison. Tragically, he had been en route to that city to visit his father on the occasion of his birthday. Lieutenant Patrick’s death was the third air fatality at Barksdale Field. He was interred with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

He was remembered by fellow officers as an avid sportsman with a passion for hunting and fishing. He was also known for his athletic abilities, which included football, basketball and boxing. The Shreveport Times newspaper commented: “His death brought to a close of one of Uncle Sam’s veteran fliers, who in his 13 years of flying successfully weathered the early and dangerous types of fighting planes.”

On October 31, 1934, the Barksdale Field Officers Club was formally dedicated “Patrick Hall” in honor of the late First Lieutenant Frederick I. Patrick.


Sigma Nu Fraternity General Catalog, 1918 Beta Xi Chapter, No. 43 - Founded January 6, 1894, William Jewell College - Liberty, Missouri New Members 1894 - 1918 165.
Frederick Irving Patrick Attended Cooper College, 2 years; Glee Club; President, Senior Academy, Cooper College.
Civil Service, U. S. Government, St. Louis Missouri.
Traveling Representative, Pittsburg Business College, 5 summers and Cooper College, 1 summer; Private Secretary to President R. T. Campbell, Cooper College, 3 years.
Instructor of Commerce, William Jewell College, 1917.
Enlisted Officer, Reserve of the Aviation.
Member Y. M. C A. , Pittsburg, Kansas, and Sigma Nu House, Liberty, Missouri.
Source: "General Catalogue of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, 1918, Compiled by W. J. Maxwell for the Sigma Nu Fraternity Under the Direction of the High Council.


Frederick Irving Patrick was the son of John Wesley and Amanda Ellen Patrick. He had seven brothers and sisters, three sisters and three brothers reached adulthood, one sibling died at an early age (sex unknown.)

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  • Added: 21 Jan 2008
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