Fleming, Eugene B., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
St. Donat, Algeria

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Eugene B. Fleming was born in Washington state around 1920. No census data has been found concerning his parents or himself.

Fleming enlisted on November 1, 1940, at Fort Lewis, Washington for a 1-year enlistment. His enlistment record states he enlisted as a private, had completed 4 years of high school, but gave no civilian occupation.

He was selected for flight duty and trained as an aerial gunner. He then was assigned to a combat unit, possibly in England. Later, some of the 301st Bomb Group were transferred to North Africa, and Fleming may have been one of the personnel.

On July 27, 1943, the target area was Capua, Italy, near Foggia. The bomb run went as expected. The bomb bay doors opened, and the bombs fell in trail.

Observers in the formation then noted the top turret was vacant (usually occupied by the flight engineer) and that the bomb bay doors were not closed. This led to speculation that a mishap had occurred, and the flight engineer was attempting to repair it.

Then, the aircraft suddenly nosed up and almost collided with another aircraft. The pilot "dumped the nose" and the aircraft went into a steep dive. The observers saw several parachutes out and deployed, as the aircraft plunged into the sea. There was, however, only one survivor.

No remains were recovered, and after 1 year, a Finding of Death (FOD) was issued for the crew. SSgt Fleming is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.

NARA enlistment Records


SSgt Eugene B. Fleming was acting as waist gunner on B-17F #42-3170, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 339 was issued, although it merely identifies the aircraft, crew, and target. Details of loss provided by observers in the formation. Mission loading lists show the crew consisted of:

1 Lt Denis G. Booker  p
2 Lt Robert T. Dix  c-p
2 Lt Harvey P. Harrington  nav
2 Lt Bernard Turansky  bomb
SSgt William L. Hayes  eng/tt gun
SSgt Seeburn V. Rosheger  r/o
SSgt Jasper C. Pearson  btg
SSgt Eugene B. Fleming  wg
SSgt Fred S. Luke  tail gun
SSgt Charles A. Hurlbutt  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Hayes was the only survivor


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