From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clarence Blair '40

Date of birth: February 28, 1918

Date of death: July 1, 1944

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Kelly was lost when his F6F-3 Hellcat was shot down near the Bonin Islands in the Pacific on July 1, 1944. He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 2 flying from USS Hornet (CV 12).

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memorial marker in Colorado.

Note: for some reason the Class of 1940 history lists him perishing from an "aircraft accident." Hornet and Fighting Squadron (VF) 2 were in combat during this period, though, and Kelly is listed on the Killed In Action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.

Class of 1940

Clarence is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.