Michael Francis Dear was the son of Reginald Edward Beckly Dear and Lillian Mabel Dear of Weybridge, Surrey.
Commissioned Flying Officer on 3 Apr 1941, Dear was posted to 120 Squadron on 4 July 1941. Piloting a B24 Liberator III LV340 OH-X on 21 Aug 1942, Dear took off from R.A.F. Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland in misty conditions. The flight was recorded as an air test, but most other aircraft had been grounded. On board was Group Captain Harry King Goode, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C. who was a WWI triple ace and part of WWII Air Ministry's Accidents Investigation Branch. The aircraft hit a rocky knoll in the lower slopes of Big Trosk Mountain, near Carnlough at 1150 hrs. All crew were killed.
Michael Francis Dear is remembered at Liverpool (Anfield) Crematorium.