FRANK S. FERNALD, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Fernald '33

Date of birth: November 1, 1908

Date of death: April 12, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1933 Lucky Bag:


Biography

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From the 1953 edition of the book "Double Three Roundup," published by the class of 1933:

Speedy was one of the Kelly Field fliers who came back with us a year after graduation. After a refresher course at Pensacola he was assigned to V0-4 aboard the MARYLAND, and in Mar1937 he joined VF-513, later redesignated VF-4, in the RANGER. Three and a half years at Honolulu with the Patrol Squadrons followed before he was transferred to Norfolk, with VP-84. He flew to Alameda to bring an airplane back, just one hour before news of Pearl Harbor came, and remained to be stationed there, he was killed when his plane crashed near Livermore, California on 12 April 1942.

Frank married Anne McFarland of San Antonio, Texas, in LaJolla, California, on September 19, 1936. After Speedy's death Anne went to work for United Services Automobile Association. She is now happily married again, as Mrs. Dick Gay, 2205 Pine Ave., Gulfport, Mississippi. She is active in Church, civic and social affairs and still keeps in close touch with Speedy's mother, Mrs. Helen Stanford Fernald. Anne describes Speedy's hobbies as his work ("which he loved and which came before anything else."), a system of bookkeeping and filing ("that any professional would have admired"), working around the house and training their dog, Tony, to do every thing but break his habit of barking at and jumping on guests.

Loss

Frank was one of the pilots lost when two Navy PBY-5 Catalina patrol bombers crashed near San Francisco, California, on April 12, 1942. Both aircraft were from Patrol Squadron (VP) 84; the squadron was departing for a homeport shift to Norfolk.

From Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana:

14 MEN KILLED WHEN TWO U. S. BOMBERS CRASH

Seven Naval Fliers Die in Each Plane in Disasters in Hilly Country East of San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO, April 13. (INS) Fourteen navy airmen were killed and a fifteenth was seriously injured when two navy PBY-5-A patrol bombers crashed in flames in the Livermore hills east of the Alameda naval air station on San Francisco bay, a navy statement announced today. Seven men died in each plane, the navy said.

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Edward Denney '35 was Frank's co-pilot. The pilot of the other aircraft was their squadron commander, Loren Morris '27.


Class of 1933

Frank is one of 38 members of the Class of 1933 in Memorial Hall.