Brig. Gen. Frederick Payne Jr. dies at 104; Marine fighter ace in WWII

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    Another one of the tiny and rapidly dwindling ranks of aviators who were in the prewar navy and army has left us. A salute for your final sortie. Semper Fi and well done!



    One day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, Fritz Payne's Marine unit headed to sea on the aircraft carrier Saratoga. Within a year, Payne flew into the elite ranks of American aces — fighter pilots who downed at least five enemy aircraft.

    Payne died of natural causes at his Rancho Mirage home Thursday, a week after turning 104. He was the oldest living ace, according to Arthur Bednar, coordinator of the Seattle-based American Fighter Aces Assn.

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    Brig. Gen. Frederick Payne Jr. dies at 104; Marine fighter ace in WWII - LA Times
     
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