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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 1947-1949, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
From Year
1947
To Year
1949
   
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Model Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star
Length 34.42 ft | 10.49 m
Width 38.75 ft | 11.81 m
Height 11.25 ft | 3.43 m
Engine(s) 1 x Allison J33-A-21 turbojet engine generating 4,500 lb of thrust.
Empty Weight 8,175 lbs | 3,708 kg
MTOW 15,999 lbs | 7,257 kg
Max Speed 577 mph | 928 km/h | 501 kts
Max Range 790 miles | 1,271 km
Ceiling 45,499 ft | 13,868 m | 8.6 miles
Climb Rate 5,000 ft/min (1,524 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 6 x 12.7mm machine guns

Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following:

2 x 1,000lb dumb bombs
8 x air-to-surface rockets
Accommodations 1



   
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