Fleming, Patrick Dawson, Col

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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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Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire. The American invasion had the goal of capturing the entire island, including its three airfields (including South Field and Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II.

After the heavy losses incurred in the battle, the strategic value of the island became controversial. It was useless to the U.S. Army as a staging base and useless to the U.S. Navy as a fleet base.

The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a dense network of bunkers, hidden artillery positions, and 18 km (11 mi) of underground tunnels.[5][6] The Americans on the ground were supported by extensive naval artillery and complete air supremacy over Iwo Jima from the beginning of the battle by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators.

Iwo Jima was the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which the overall American casualties (killed and wounded) exceeded those of the Japanese,[8] although Japanese combat deaths were thrice those of the Americans throughout the battle. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner, some of whom were captured because they had been knocked unconscious or otherwise disabled.[1] The majority of the remainder were killed in action, although it has been estimated that as many as 3,000 continued to resist within the various cave systems for many days afterwards, eventually succumbing to their injuries or surrendering weeks later.

Despite the bloody fighting and severe casualties on both sides, the Japanese defeat was assured from the start. Overwhelming American superiority in arms and numbers as well as complete control of air power — coupled with the impossibility of Japanese retreat or reinforcement — permitted no plausible circumstance in which the Americans could have lost the battle.

The battle was immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 166 m (545 ft) Mount Suribachi by five U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy battlefield Hospital Corpsman. The photograph records the second flag-raising on the mountain, both of which took place on the fifth day of the 35-day battle. Rosenthal's photograph promptly became an indelible icon — of that battle, of that war in the Pacific, and of the Marine Corps itself — and has been widely reproduced.
   
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