43-7116           P51

 

On 28 October 1944 a P-51A-10, # 43-7116, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield at Luliang, China, on a flight to Liuchow, China. The pilot was Maj. Robert E. Fleming, # 0-420905.

 

FLEMING, ROBERT ERNEST, Major, # 0-420905, USAAF

 

Robert E. Fleming was born on 6 October 1918 in California to Edward Logan Fleming (1891-1962) and Fidelia Louise (Ganahl) Fleming (1890-1977) (married 21 March 1917, Los Angeles, CA). Siblings included Lawrence Edward Fleming (1921-1999), Fidelia Rita (Fleming) Dickinson (1924-2016), and Corinne Rosemary (Fleming) Pavich (1926-2005).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, an aviation cadet, permanent address of 1646 Fernbrook Place, Glendale, CA, and described himself as 5’5”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, on 3 October 1940. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 28 October 1944 a P-51A-10, # 43-7116, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield at Luliang, China, on a flight to Liuchow, China. The P-51 crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.