Fleming, Patrick Dawson, Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1954-1956, 93rd Bombardment Wing, Heavy
Service Years
1937 - 1956
Colonel

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
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
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew


 Unofficial Badges 

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:
Sources:
http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2011/March%202011/0311Fleming.aspx
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1106
http://acepilots.com/usn_aces.html#Fleming
https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=98785481
https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=109933527
http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/b52_stratofortress.htm
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=5936
USSR overflight:
http://data-freeway.com/plesetsk/overflights.htm

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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Korean War
Start Year
1950
End Year
1953

Description
The Korean War; 25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union gave some assistance.

Korea was ruled by Japan from 1910 until the closing days of World War II. In August 1945, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, as a result of an agreement with the United States, and liberated Korea north of the 38th parallel. U.S. forces subsequently moved into the south. By 1948, as a product of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, Korea was split into two regions, with separate governments. Both governments claimed to be the legitimate government of all of Korea, and neither side accepted the border as permanent. The conflict escalated into open warfare when North Korean forces—supported by the Soviet Union and China—moved into the south on 25 June 1950. On that day, the United Nations Security Council recognized this North Korean act as invasion and called for an immediate ceasefire. On 27 June, the Security Council adopted S/RES/83: Complaint of aggression upon the Republic of Korea and decided the formation and dispatch of the UN Forces in Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force, with the United States providing 88% of the UN's military personnel.

After the first two months of the conflict, South Korean forces were on the point of defeat, forced back to the Pusan Perimeter. In September 1950, an amphibious UN counter-offensive was launched at Inchon, and cut off many of the North Korean troops. Those that escaped envelopment and capture were rapidly forced back north all the way to the border with China at the Yalu River, or into the mountainous interior. At this point, in October 1950, Chinese forces crossed the Yalu and entered the war. Chinese intervention triggered a retreat of UN forces which continued until mid-1951.

After these reversals of fortune, which saw Seoul change hands four times, the last two years of conflict became a war of attrition, with the front line close to the 38th parallel. The war in the air, however, was never a stalemate. North Korea was subject to a massive bombing campaign. Jet fighters confronted each other in air-to-air combat for the first time in history, and Soviet pilots covertly flew in defense of their communist allies.

The fighting ended on 27 July 1953, when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war. Periodic clashes, many of which are deadly, have continued to the present.
   
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From Year
1952
To Year
1953
 
Last Updated:
Jan 17, 2014
   
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  • Adolf, Gerald, 1stSgt, (1953-1980)
  • Allston, James Hartford, 2nd Lt, (1951-1953)
  • Ballard, Dewey, Col
  • Beaulieu, Paul, CMSgt, (1949-1981)
  • Bivona, Michael, A1C, (1952-1956)
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