Fleming, Patrick Dawson, Col

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1954-1956, 93rd Bombardment Wing, Heavy
Service Years
1937 - 1956

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Home State
New York
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Home Town
New York City, NY
Last Address
Castle AFB, California

Date of Passing
Feb 16, 1956
Location of Interment
Cedar Cemetery - Jamestown, Rhode Island
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US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of DutyAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2017, In the Line of Duty
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He shot down 19 enemy aircraft as a Naval Aviator during WWII, making him the 4th highest scoring U.S. Navy Ace of the war.  He engaged only nineteen targets during six combat missions between Nov. 5, 1944 and Feb. 17, 1945; he shot down all nineteen.
On Oct 15, 1952 he was involved in the 1st deep-penetration overflight of the USSR.
He was killed in the first ever crash of a B-52. One reference suggests that he bailed out but that his chute caught fire.

His Navy Cross citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Patrick Dawson Fleming (NSN: 0-100296), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Bombing Fighting Squadron EIGHTY (VBF-80), attached to the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in the action against Tokyo air fields on 16 February 1945. He skillfully and courageously led a division of planes on a fighter sweep against enemy airpower. During the action, he personally destroyed five aircraft in the air amid heavy anti-aircraft fire. His skill and courage coupled with his leadership and complete disregard for his personal safety were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander Air Forces Pacific: Serial 25349 (December 9, 1945)

Action Date: February 16, 1945

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Bombing Fighting Squadron 80 (VBF-80)

Division: U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19)


Other Comments:
USSR overflight:

His AFDSM citation:

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Cold War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (Army Design) (Posthumously) to Colonel Patrick Dawson Fleming (NSN: 0-100296), United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, from February 1954 to February 1956. As Deputy Wing Commander, 93d Bombardment Wing (Heavy), Colonel Fleming was directly instrumental in developing more efficient, safer, and easier methods for utilizing equipment in training of personnel in modern jet bombardment operations. His depth of knowledge and profound understanding of aircraft performance and bombardment operations, and his ability to lecture, educate and indoctrinate personnel in methods of improving procedures, significantly contributed to the successful conversion of this wing to jet bombardment aircraft. The untiring efforts and adept resourcefulness and dedicated devotion of Colonel Fleming to the attainment of a high state of combat readiness greatly improved the managerial effectiveness of the command aircraft conversion and training program. His actions may be readily associated with the increased operational capability of the Strategic Air Command. The outstanding contributions to national security rendered by Colonel Fleming have reflected the greatest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, General Orders No. 60 (1956)

Action Date: February 1954 - February 1956

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

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Frazier, John, Maj, (1953-1984) 230 Captain
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Childs, Homer David, CMSgt, (1942-1964) 274 27490 Chief Master Sergeant
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Hesselgesser, Robert, SSgt, (1948-1952) A25 AAF MOS 8503 Staff Sergeant
Kehoe, John, SSgt, (1948-1952) 1W 1W0X1 Staff Sergeant
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