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Marine Hornet Pilot Jake Frederick Killed in Crash Off Japan

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Marine Captain Jake Frederick, F/A-18C pilot and native Texan, was killed on December 7 when the jet he was flying crashed into the Pacific, approximately 120 miles southeast of Iwakuni, Japan. The Marine Corps confirmed Frederick’s death on Thursday, December 8 after notifying his family.

Marine Hornet Pilot Jake Frederick Killed in Crash Off Japan

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Based with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Okinawa, Frederick ejected from his aircraft at approximately 6:40 p.m. local time, December 7, 2016. A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Ship had recovered Frederick, however, had not reported his condition, and a fellow pilot remained above the scene until it was necessary to return for fuel.

Marine Hornet Pilot Jake Frederick Killed in Crash Off Japan

Photo: Frederick Family

Frederick, who has a young son and a baby on the way, was a graduate of Ray High School in Corpus Christi, TX, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. His mother, Donna Frederick, explained in an interview with Stars and Stripes and Military.com that this was where he met the love of his life, Kiley, mother of his children. A GoFundMe account has been established in their name, and donations can be made at gofundme.com/frederickfamily.

Marine Hornet Pilot Jake Frederick Killed in Crash Off Japan

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Donna said that flying was Jake’s dream, and he got to do that. Jake’s brother, Joe Bob Frederick, is also a Marine pilot and a flight instructor in Corpus Christi. His grandfather (maternal) was also a Marine, so service for their country was an honor that ran deep in the family. A cause for the crash has not yet been identified by the Marine Corps.

Sources:

Military.com

Marinecorpstimes.com