Having flown the first day of the Battle Of Midway, Fleming's SBD "Dauntless was so riddled by Japanese fire that it was grounded. The next day, he and other Marines flew from Midway in search of escaping Japanese "Battleships". What they found were two cruisers, the Mogami and Mikuma, that had collided in the dark and were now limping to safer waters. The Marines caught them and Fleming led his men bombing the Japanese.
During his dive, he was apparently hit and his bomb was a near-miss. Presumably he was severely injured or killed, because his obsolescent "Vindicator" continued its dive and apparently crashed into #3 turret of cruiser Mikuma. Aviation gas spilled everywhere, leaking below decks to the engine room where a large explosion occurred, spelling the end for Mikuma.
Fleming was posthumously awarded the Medal Of Honor.
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Whether you're drinking your morning coffee, evening tea, or something in between – this mug's for you! It's sturdy and glossy with a vivid print that'll withstand the microwave.
***Though the manufacturer says it is dishwasher safe, I highly suggest hand washing to avoid scratches to the image.
• 15 oz mug dimensions: 4.7″ (12 cm) in height, 3.35″ (8.5 cm) in diameter
• Dishwasher and microwave safe
• Blank product sourced from China