Fred Stevenson, known as "Stevie", was born on March 6, 1919 in Flint, Michigan, to a Protestant family of Icelandic-Canadian origin. When he was 10 years old, he moved with his family to Canada and lived in the area between Regina and Reston, in Saskatchewan, where his father worked in agriculture. His hobbies were playing baseball, music, singing, painting and carving.
In 1941 Fred joined the Canadian Royal Air Force and spent the next five years as a pilot in World War II. Fred joined the Israel Air Force (IAF), with about 1600 hours of flying on various types of planes, and on October 24,1948 Fred was sent to fly a Dakota, carrying supplies from Tel Aviv to Sodom, When the plane was about 4000 feet east of the Ekron field, the plane’s landing lights came on, and then the right engine went up in flames, and the right wing of the plane was torn off, the planedived upside down and hit the ground. Fred left a wife, parents, and daughter, and was awarded the rank of lieutenant, He was buried at the Christian cemetery in Jaffa on the day after falling. At the request of his family, he was reinterred at the military section of the Protestant Cemetery in Haifa on Octoer 16, 1951.
Fred Stevenson was a Canadian born in 1919. He was a pilot or flight engineer. He was one of the four members of the crew of the DC3 (Dakota) which blew up on takeoff from Ekron airfield October 24, 1948. He was buried in Jaffa October 27; reinterred in the Protestant Cemetery in Haifa April 16, 1951.