U.S. Navy Ace Commander Alex Vraciu Passes Away At Age 96

Yesterday, January 29, 2015 U.S. Navy Ace Commander Alex Vraciu passed away at the age of 96. Vraciu one of the Navy’s top scoring aces, credited with 19 kills during WWII in his Grumman F6F Hellcat. On one occasion he scored 6 kills in one day during the Battle of the Philippine Sea which would later become know as the “Marianas Turkey Shoot”. In late 1944 he was shot down over the Pacific while flying with VF-20 off of the USS Lexington, Vraciu evaded capture and made his way back to American forces. He finally retired from the Navy in 1964 at the rank of Commander. RIP Commander Alex Vraciu.

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Naval Aviator Alex Vraciu poses next to his Grumman F6F Hellcat with 19 kill flags displayed.

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U.S. Navy fighter pilot Alex Vraciu celebrating 6 victories in one day during the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

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