May 27, 2001

Mission Accomplished
Daughter of downed pilot embraces the memory of a father she never knew
By John Wilkins

American pilot Bud Fleming tucked this photo of himself
into his pocket on Aug. 10, 1944, when he set off in his P-38
for a mission over France. The photo survived an encounter
with German anti-aircraft fire that day. Fleming did not.

"I have missed my Dad all my life," said Cheri Fleming.
She spent the last two years learning more about him.

James "Bud" Fleming and his wife, Dorothy. They met
in Hawaii while he was based at Wheeler field.

A Pennsylvania native, James Flemming
was one of 10 children.

1999-2001 San Diego Union Tribune Publishing Company

In Memory of 1LT James (Bud) Fleming
KIA 10 August, 1944 near Hautvillers, France