On the 19th of April 1944, this aircraft flown by Capt. William Richard Fleming was involved in a mid-air collission with another P-47D flown by 2nd Lt. Edwin Rogers Johnston. Both aircraft crashed, Johnston bailed out, slightly hurt, Fleming was killed. The aircraft were took off from Lymington for formation training. However, Johnston following behind Fleming was blinded by the sun and while straightening up in the hope to gain sight of his leader flew his aircraft into that of his leader, striking it near the centre of the fuselage. Fleming's aircraft was seen to descend from 5000ft in a slow spin. Shortly before crashing the tail unit sheared off and was found 600 yards from the main wreckage. Fleming was still in the cockpit and had made no attempt to bail out. The aircraft came to rest in a pond on the Pylewell Estate, Boldre, Hampshire and was found patially inundated.
The aircraft had recent been fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800-63 Double Wasp bringing into line with the P-47D-10-RE aircraft in the 10th Fighter Squadron.
On the 19th of April 1944, this aircraft flown by 2nd Lt. Edwin Rogers Johnston was involved in a mid-air collission with another P-47D flown by Capt. William Richard Fleming. Both aircraft crashed, Johnston bailed out, slightly hurt, Fleming failed...
Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group...
50th Fighter Group (Special). The group moved to the European Theater of Operations in the Spring 1944 expansion of Ninth Air Force in England in preparation for Operation Overlord. It flew its first combat mission on 1 May 1944. Lymington USAAF...
Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 50th Fighter Group
Capt. William R. Fleming served with the 10th Fighter Squadron, flying Thunderbolts from Lymington (Stn 551). He was born on the 8th of August 1921 to William Richard Fleming senior and his wife Elizabeth (née Early). To differentiate father and son...
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