Weber, Frederick Thomas, ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1942, VB-6
Service Years
1938 - 1942
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Des Moines, IA
Last Address
1089 Bateman St
Galesburg, Illinois

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 2 (cenotaph)

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On the morning on 4 Jun 1942 aircraft of the USS Enterprise's (CV-6) air group launched to attack the Japanese carrier striking force that was approaching the Midway atoll. Bombing Squadron Six (VB-6) attacked the enemy Japanese Force scoring a number of direct hits on the enemy aircraft carriers. Of the fifteen dive bombers from VB-6 that took off from the Enterprise that morning only five survived the attack although six pilots and five gunners where rescued later. Enemy anti-aircraft fire and fuel exhaustion took the biggest toll on this squadron after the initial attacks. Ensign Frederick Thomas Weber and AOM3 Ernest Lenard Hilbert did not return from this mission, and they were listed as missing in action. Their remains were unrecoverable. On 5 Jun 1943 they were presumed dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 083087

Navy Cross

Awarded for Action During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Bombing Squadron 6 (VB-6)
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Frederick Thomas Weber (NSN: 0-83087), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-6), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Flying at a distance from his own forces which rendered return unlikely because of probable fuel exhaustion, Ensign Weber participated in two dive-bombing attacks against Japanese naval units. In the first, launched in the face of concentrated anti-aircraft fire and overwhelming fighter opposition, he scored a direct hit on an enemy aircraft carrier. In the second, while pressing home a desperate and vigorous counter-attack against Japanese fighters, he was shot down. His unflinching devotion to duty, maintained at great personal risk against tremendous odds, aided greatly in the success of our forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
   
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 Duty Stations
Naval Reserve Forces CommandNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNAS PensacolaUSS Enterprise (CV-6)
VB-6
  1938-1939, S2c-0000, NMCRC Arkansas City, KS
  1939-1940, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1940-1940, NAS Pensacola
  1940-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1940-1942, VB-6
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
 Colleges Attended 
Knox CollegeDrake University
  1934-1934, Knox College
  1935-1938, Drake University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Mar 25, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
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