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WWII Fighter Ace 'Fritz' Payne Dies, Fought at Guadalcanal

Frederick R. "Fritz'' Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war, has died at age 104.   The retired Marine Corps brigadier general, who was believed to be the oldest surviving U.S. fighter ace, died on Aug. 6 at his home in Rancho Mirage.   Hundreds had turned out to honor...

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