PATTERSON, FREDERICK LEROY, JR., Flight Officer, # T-130442, USAAF


Frederick L. Patterson Jr. was born on 30 June 1923 in Oil City, Venango Co., Pennsylvania, to Frederick L. Patterson (1897-1965) and Cora Alice (Beck) Patterson (1900-2000) (married 2 February 1923, Cattaraugus, NY). Siblings were Elizabeth Patterson (1924-    ). Living with them in 1930 was his paternal uncle, William Charles Patterson (1909-1992).


He registered for the WWII draft in 1942, resided at 56 Franklin St., Sharon, Mercer Co., PA, employed by the Sharon Steel Co., and described himself as 5’10 ½”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF on 19 February 1943, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and was assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 September 1945 a C-47B, “Able Baker,” # 43-16350, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Liangshan, China, departed the airfield at Hsian, China on a flight to Liangshan, China. At about 1428 hours it was between Peishivi and Liangshan, China and crashed enroute. After recovery from China, his remains (with those of SSgt. Abeel – indistinguishable) were buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, on 18 August 1949 (Sec. E, Grave 100).


His father, born 22 May 1897, served in the U.S. Army, Private, # 3014671, 125th Engineers Regiment, Co. A, during WWI from 4 September 1917 to 21 December 1918. He died 18 March 1965 and is buried in the Hillcrest Memorial Park (Americas Cemetery), Sharon, Pennsylvania.