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C-3PO

C-3PO or See-Threepio is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise who appears in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy and the sequel trilogy. Built by Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO was designed as a protocol droid intended to assist in etiquette and translation, boasting that he is "fluent in over six million forms of communication". Along with his astromech droid counterpart and friend R2-D2, C-3PO provides comic relief within the narrative structure of the films, serves as a foil. Anthony Daniels has portrayed the character in eleven of twelve Star Wars cinematic films released to date, including Rogue One and the animated The Clone Wars. C-3PO and R2-D2 are the only characters to appear in all of the films except Solo: A Star Wars Story. Despite his oblivious nature, C-3PO has played a pivotal role in the galaxy's history, appearing under the service of Shmi Skywalker, the Lars homestead, Padmé Amidala, Raymus Antilles, Luke Skywalker, Jabba the Hutt, Leia Organa. In the majority of depictions, C-3PO's physical appearance is a polished gold plating, although his appearance varies throughout the films.

C-3PO appears in both canon and Star Wars Legends continuities of novels, comic books, video games, was a protagonist in the ABC television show Droids. The name C-3PO stands for Cyborg. In Star Wars, C-3PO is introduced to the audience when he and R2-D2 are aboard the consular ship Tantive IV when it is attacked by the Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator; when R2-D2 attempts to leave the ship to deliver a secret message from Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO follows him into an escape pod, which lands on the planet Tatooine. There, the droids are captured by Jawas, are taken to be sold. In the process of being sold to Owen Lars, C-3PO convinces his new owner to buy R2-D2 as well; the duo lead Lars' nephew, Luke Skywalker, to Obi-Wan, for whom R2-D2 plays Leia's message. After Imperial stormtroopers destroy the Lars homestead, C-3PO and R2-D2 go along with Luke and Obi-Wan on a mission to rescue Leia, transported by smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca on board the Millennium Falcon; when the ship is taken hostage on the Death Star, C-3PO helps R2-D2 shut down the space station's trash computer, saving their human companions' lives, before escaping on board the Falcon.

When R2-D2 is damaged during the Battle of Yavin, a grief-stricken C-3PO offers to donate his own parts to help repair his counterpart. C-3PO and a repaired R2-D2 are present at the celebration of the Death Star's destruction at the end of the film. Throughout the film C-3PO is a foil to R2-D2's antics when C-3PO translates R2-D2's machine speech for the audience. C-3PO is the property of the captain on the Tantive IV, but seems to follow R2-D2 in a relationship akin to those between human children; when R2-D2 is damaged in the Battle of Yavin, C-3PO offers to donate any mechanical parts helpful in his repair. In The Empire Strikes Back, C-3PO is responsible for identifying the Empire's probe droid, alerting the Rebels to the Empire's awareness of their location on the sixth planet of the Hoth system. C-3PO escapes with Han and Leia in the Millennium Falcon, while R2-D2 joins Luke in his search for Yoda. During this time C-3PO and Han are shown as foils, with C-3PO quoting odds and Han defying them.

After a chase through an asteroid field, the Falcon escapes to Cloud City at Bespin. While exploring a room in Cloud City, C-3PO is blasted by an off-camera stormtrooper. In search of C-3PO, Chewbacca heads to the Ugnaught recycling facility where he finds the dismembered parts of the droid; when Darth Vader reveals his presence to the group that same day, Chewbacca is sent into a holding cell, but is permitted to rebuild the droid, which he does poorly. Thereafter, Chewbacca carries the rebuilt C-3PO on his back during Han's encasement in carbonite. With the help of the city's administrator, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia, C-3PO escape the city. Having C-3PO on Chewbacca's back proves to be beneficial, in that when Boba Fett escapes the city with a frozen Han, C-3PO notifies them of pursuing stormtroopers. While escaping Vader's flagship Executor, R2-D2 begins repairing C-3PO. Upon making their way to the Rebel's rendezvous point, C-3PO is repaired. In Return of the Jedi, Luke commands C-3PO and R2-D2 to deliver a message to Jabba the Hutt from Luke, who offers 3PO's services as a translator and R2-D2's on Jabba's flying sail barge.

C-3PO's first translation for the crime lord is of the bounty hunter Boushh—Leia in disguise—claiming the bounty for Chewbacca as part of her plan to rescue Han. Luke infiltrates the palace and kills Jabba's rancor in a duel; when Luke attempts escape, R2-D2 tosses him his lightsaber. In the midst of the battle, C-3PO is attacked by Jabba's pet Salacious Crumb, who pulls out his right photoreceptor before being driven off by R2-D2. Thereafter the two are retrieved by the protagonists. C-3PO accompanies the strike force to the Forest Moon of Endor to disable the shield generator protecting the second Death S

Patrick D. Fleming

Patrick Dawson Fleming was a high-scoring World War II US Navy fighter ace, an accomplished US Air Force test pilot. Fleming racked up 19 aerial victories in the Pacific Theatre, putting him in a three-way tie with Cornelius Nooy and Alexander Vraciu for fourth-highest-scoring Navy ace. At war's end he resigned his Navy commission and transferred to the Air Force, where he participated in early jet testing—including a flight in the Bell X-1 Chuck Yeager used to break the sound barrier. Fleming was personally recruited by General Curtis LeMay to take part in Strategic Air Command missions. With SAC Fleming participated in a classified "overflight" mission penetrating Soviet territory, he was promoted to deputy wing commander, 93rd Bomb Wing, the first operational group to receive the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber. Fleming was among those killed in the first B-52 crash on February 16, 1956. Fleming was still aboard USS Cincinnati when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. At the time, the ship was patrolling in the vicinity of the British West Indies as part of Task Group 3.8, ensuring French warships remained at port and searching for German blockade runners.

After his tour of service with the light cruiser was completed in November 1942, Fleming went on to NAS Pensacola to earn his wings of gold. He was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1943. In the year he enrolled in night fighter training at NAS Quonset Point, R. I. where he meet his soon-to-be wife Neville. Fleming completed training in November and moved to NAS Atlantic City to serve as a flight instructor while he awaited assignment to an active squadron, his waiting was short lived: on 1 February 1944 VF-80 was commissioned under the command of Lieutenant Commander Albert O. Vorse Jr. Patrick Fleming joined the rest of the squadron for training and carrier assignment, they departed for the war zone aboard USS Ticonderoga on 28 August 1944, with Fleming listed as Flight Officer. "Vorse's Vipers" entered combat in the Pacific in early November 1944. Following on the heels of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Vipers flew missions over Luzon between 5—6 November as part of Task Group 38.3, aiding in the retaking of the Philippines.

Patrick Fleming became one of the first men in his squadron to record a kill when on the first day of strikes he shot down a Mitsubishi A6M Zero after strafing/rocket attacks on shipping in Manila Bay. The lone Zero began with an altitude advantage, but upon seeing the division of American fighters dove towards the water to attempt escape. Greater weight and a more powerful engine put Fleming's Hellcat on his enemy's tail in short order, with two bursts from the plane's six guns he sent the Zero crashing down in flames. From this point on when Fleming scored during a sortie, he would ensure enemy pilots didn't go down alone."Tico" returned to the Leyte and the Luzon area two more times in November to continue attacks on shipping at e.g. Ormoc Bay and Santa Cruz Harbor, to destroy air installations at sites like Clark Field. Fleming's next aerial victories came on 25 November 1944 during the second strike of the day. Dive and torpedo bombers—along with their fighter escort—were vectored out to finish off a Mogami-class cruiser damaged by the first strike.

While the rest of the fighters worked over and sank the crippled cruiser off Luzon's western coast and his wingman Ens. Beaudry were busy serving as communications relay on the opposite side of the island; the two-man section noticed a group of 5 Yokosuka P1Y "Frances" bombers heading south towards the task group. They moved to intercept, making overhead runs on the slower, comparatively ungainly twin-engine bombers, they knocked out 3 of the 5 with one for his wingman. There wasn't to be a second pass: the remaining Frances turned tail and ran. On 14 December 1944, Patrick Fleming became an ace pilot, he led one of two VF-80 divisions flying together with VF outfits from USS Essex and San Jacinto on an afternoon fighter sweep over enemy airfields on Northern Luzon. Turning up nothing of interest at the first target area, the fighters re-routed southward to investigate reports of an enemy destroyer sighted earlier in the day. Cruising en route to those coordinates at 9,000′, they spotted a gaggle of twenty or so Japanese fighters flying at lower altitude in loose formation heading on a southerly course.

The American pilots jettisoned rockets and bombs before approach and a savage first pass was made on the unsuspecting bandits. Either the Japanese were taken by surprise or they misidentified the incoming Hellcats as friendlies. Whatever the case, about half of the Japanese fighters were destroyed or damaged in that first pass, negating their numerical superiority. Fleming claimed two; when the F6F-5s pulled out of their runs, Japanese reinforcements arrived on the scene. VF-80 and company were no longer had surprise on their side. A wild dog fight ensued. In the melee many sections were dispersed, but Fleming and his wingman Beaudry managed to stick together. Fleming destroyed two more during the back-and-forth to run his day's score to four. Despite altitude and numerical disadvantages during this scrape, the pilots of VF-80 returned to their carrier without a single bullet hole in their planes, boasting a net of 19 enemy aircraft destroyed and more damaged; the next big day for Fleming came on 3 January 1945.

He was chosen to lead three divisions on a morning sweep of airfields on central Luzon. Weather conditions rendered strikes difficult. By the time the divisions assembled only 10 of 12 fighters managed to get together

Peter Davy

Peter Joseph Davy is an Irish cricketer. A right-handed batsman, he made his debut for the Ireland cricket team in a match against Scotland in August 1995, went on to play for them 44 times in all, his last match coming against an England amateur team in July 2002. Of his matches for Ireland, two had first-class status and eight had List A status. In all matches for Ireland he scored 1000 runs at an average of 23.26 including two centuries, the highest of, an innings of 132 against the MCC at Lord's in August 1999. He represented Ireland in the 2001 ICC Trophy, the 2000 ICC Emerging Nations Tournament and the European Championship in 2002, his twin brother John represented Ireland at cricket