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 VO-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.

Related Articles

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

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

April 1935

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30 (USS Maryland), ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33 (USS Maryland), and ENS Joseph Bourland '33 (USS Maryland).

October 1935

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: LTjg Louis LeHardy '26 (USS Maryland), ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33 (USS Maryland), ENS George Davis, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland), ENS Lawrence Edge '35 (USS Maryland), and ENS Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland).

January 1936

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: LTjg Louis LeHardy '26 (USS Maryland), ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33 (USS Maryland), ENS George Davis, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland), ENS Lawrence Edge '35 (USS Maryland), and ENS Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland).

April 1936

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: LTjg Louis LeHardy '26 (USS Maryland), ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33 (USS Maryland), ENS George Davis, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland), ENS Lawrence Edge '35 (USS Maryland), and ENS Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland).

July 1936

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33 (USS Maryland), ENS George Davis, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland), ENS Lawrence Edge '35 (USS Maryland), ENS Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland), and ENS Otto Kolb, Jr. '36 (USS Maryland).

January 1937

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS George Davis, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: ENS Lawrence Edge '35 (USS Maryland), ENS Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland), and ENS Otto Kolb, Jr. '36 (USS Maryland).

April 1937

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS George Davis, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: ENS Lawrence Edge '35 (USS Maryland), ENS Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35 (USS Maryland), and ENS Otto Kolb, Jr. '36 (USS Maryland).

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Squadron (VF) 4, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Strickler '32, LTjg William Townsend '32, and LTjg Charles Brewer '34.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Squadron (VF) 4, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Strickler '32, LTjg William Townsend '32, and LTjg Charles Brewer '34.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 8, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT Claude Haman '26.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 8, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT Claude Haman '26.

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 24, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT Claude Haman '26 and LT Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 24, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 24, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 24, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii


Class of 1933

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