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 is buried as an "unknown" in Taiwan. (Information via documents provided by Matthew Robbins '04 on November 18, 2018.)


Class of 1935

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