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William Richard Fleming Jr


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 the latter took his second name often using the form ‘Dick’. To confuse matters further William senior had also been a Captain, though in this case serving in the Infantry during the First World War and up until the 1930s.

William junior was born at Madison Barracks in New York state in August 1921. In 1940, the family were living in West Street, Manhattan, New York. At the time William junior, then aged 18, was working as a clerk in retail advertising. With the entry of the United States into World War II on the 8th of December 1941, it was not long before William junior put himself forward. He enlisted on the 20th of January 1942 in New York City, signing up as an air cadet. He was killed in a mid-air collision on the 19th of April 1944 and is buried in the Cambridge Military Cemetery, England.



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Event Location Date
Born 85 Worth St, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685, USA 8 August 1921

At Madison Barracks

Enlisted 20 January 1942
Died 19 April 1944

Plot B Row 3 Grave 32


Date Contributor Update
27 February 2018 14:41:30 Lucy May Changes to suffix, role, biography, events and unit associations

Added William R Fleming's name to the digital Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 21:46:50 RPR Changes to role and biography

1920, 1930, 1940 U.S. Census; Armed Forces enlistment record

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 21:33:01 RPR Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, unit associations and place associations

1920, 1930, 1940 U.S. Census; Armed Forces enlistment record