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Lt. Fred Brewer Jr. disappears during mission

Lt. Fred Brewer Jr. disappears during mission


Lt. Fred L. Brewer Jr. disappeared during a mission over Germany.

Brewer of Charlotte, N.C., graduated March 12, 1944, from flight training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. He soon deployed to Italy with the 100th Fighter Squadron.

During a bomber escort mission on Oct. 29, 1944, 2nd Lt. Brewer's P-51 Mustang, which he had nicknamed Traveling Light, experience engine trouble as the squadron flew over Germany.

"While we were climbing through an overcast, I saw Lt. Brewer pull up too steeply and stall out," 2nd Lt. Charles H. Duke wrote in a military report. "I immediately lost sight of him in the clouds."

Brewer was not seen again. His name is included on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial in Italy. A government database says Brewer was awarded an Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster and a Purple Heart for his military service.


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