FREDERICK R. SCHRADER, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frederick Schrader '35

Date of birth: March 12, 1913

Date of death: October 13, 1944

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Frederick was lost when his F6F-5 Hellcat fighter was shot down over Formosa on October 13, 1944. He was Commander, Air Group (CAG) 11, aboard USS Hornet (CV 12). He was flying an aircraft belonging to Fighting Squadron (VF) 11.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

Frederick earned his wings in 1940. From October 1943 to August 1944 he was commanding officer of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3. He had commanded CAG-11 for only a few weeks.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Frederick R. Schrader (NSN: 0-74896), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Flight Leader of escorting fighter planes over Tinian, Heito, and Formosa, 13 October 1944.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 340 (July 1945)
Action Date: October 13, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

Remains

Frederick's body was most likely recovered by Japanese forces in the area, returned to a local headquarters, and "inspected by an intelligence officer." He was buried as an "unknown" in Taiwan. (Information via documents provided by Matthew Robbins '04 on November 18, 2018.)

From Matthew on March 5, 2018:

I have finally obtained a copy of service record from the National Archives. While the highly desired dental records were not included that could produce a definite match, a copy Schrader's death certificate was included that reveals that at of the time of his death he was approximately 31 years old, 75.5 inches tall, and 187 pounds. The remains of an unknown naval aviator recovered from Formosa and designated X-136 are estimated to be 27 - 30 years old, 74 inches tall, and 210-220 pounds - a very close forensic match further bolstering the existing case for a match based on archival material and eyewitness testimonies. The height match is particularly stunning; there weren't many 6 foot plus Naval Aviators running around in 1944!

If "X-136" is Frederick, he was initially buried on Formosa but was repatriated to the United States after the war; he is currently buried in an "unknown" grave at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.


Class of 1935

Frederick is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.