CLARENCE F. BLAIR, LT, USN
Clarence Blair '40
Date of birth: February 28, 1918
Date of death: July 1, 1944
From the 1940 Lucky Bag:
Kelly was lost when his F6F-3 Hellcat crashed while attempting a carrier landing near the Bonin Islands in the Pacific on July 1, 1944.
From the war diary of Fighting Squadron (VF) 13, via Matthew Robins '04:
First tragic loss sustained by the squadron was that of "Kelly" Blair, who spun in while making a carrier landing approach on 1 July 1944. Joining the Navy as a "boot" in 1936, Lieut. Blair was appointed to the Naval Academy the following year. He was graduated and commissioned Ensign in 1940 and completed the Navy flight training program. Following a tour of duty on board the USS CHICAGO, on which he was serving when war was declared, he joined Fighting Squadron Thirteen as Executive Officer 1 November 1943. Both loved and respected by every member of the squadron, the boy from Arriba, Colo. is survived by his widow, the former Phyllis Durgin, daughter of Rear Admiral C. T. Durgin, U.S.N.
Memorial Hall Error
Clarence is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall, but his loss was not due to enemy action.