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  • WW II fighter ace Fritz Payne dies; fought at Guadalcanal 
    Updated: Aug-18-15 5:54 pm

    LOS ANGELES - 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.