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    "Clean Sweep Flag"

    USS Flasher (SS-249) Ensign.
    USS Flasher (SS-249) was a Gato-class submarine that became one of the most successful U.S. submarines of WWII. Named for the fish "flasher" or Atlantic triple-tail, she was commissioned in September of 1943 and completed six war tours during which she sunk over twenty enemy vessels.

    The Flasher's ensign is a 30" X 57" US 48-star, bunting, double appliqué flag with sewn stripes and a canvas header with grommets. The flag is marked on the obverse hoist with a Bulldog brand maker's mark and is stamped "3 X 5" and on the reverse hoist: "USS FLASHER SS-249" and "Clean Sweep 22 DEC." (This is a reference to her very successful fifth war patrol.)

    The Flasher is officially credited with sinking 100,231 tons of enemy shipping on her six patrols. Her kill flag chronicled both warships and merchantmen - two cruisers, two destroyers, two gunboats, nine cargo vessels, six tankers and one transport. (NB: This count does not include any vessels under 500 tons and they were not included in wartime totals by the Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee.) Her six successful war patrols all emanated 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. This flag would be a welcome to any submariner, War in the Pacific or WWII collection.

    The flag is in Good condition - used, worn and soiled. The top grommet is missing and the fly corners have begun to fray.

    The WWII awards of the USS Flasher include the US Navy Presidential Unit Citation (3); the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with six campaign stars and the World War II Victory Medal. Her name continued on when the USS Flasher (SSN-613) was commissioned in 1966.

    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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