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    USS Flasher (SS-249).
    USS Flasher (SS-249) was a Gato-class submarine, named for the fish "flasher" or Atlantic triple-tail. She was commissioned in September of 1943, and although her career was only six war tours in less then a year, she was the second most successful US Submarine of WWII.

    The Flasher's ensign is a 42" X 65" US 48-star bunting, double appliqué flag with sewn stripes and a canvas header with grommets. The flag is marked on the reverse hoist: "[U]SS Flasher (SS-249)."
    The Flasher made six successful war patrols all emanating from Freemantle in Australia, a port much closer to her theatre of operations than Pearl Harbor. She was successful from the start and Flasher sank enemy targets on each of her patrols. Her last three patrols were so successful that she was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for each.

    She is officially credited with sinking 100,231 tons of enemy shipping. The Flasher's kill flag boasted: two cruisers, two destroyers, two gunboats, nine cargo vessels, six tankers and one transport. (N.B.: Vessels sunk under 500 Tons were not counted by Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee in the tonnage total, and neither were shared credit for sinkings. The Flasher shared credit with the USS Crevalle (SS 291) for the sinking of the Tosan Maru, a passenger-cargo vessel of 8,666 tons. Each vessel was awarded 4,333 tons. This brings Flasher sinkings up to 104,565 tons. Flasher also had several Sampans and ferries, at 75 tons each and a shared 25-ton small boat all sunk by deck gun.) This flag would be a welcome to any submariner, War in the Pacific or WWII collection.

    The WWII awards of the USS Flasher include three US Navy Presidential Unit Citations; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with six campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.


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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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