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Douglas TBD-1, “Devastator”, ‘Torpedo Eight’, USS Hornet-Part Two

by Frederick J Seitz III on June 5, 2017 · in Aviation — 7 Comments

“Many of my friends are now dead. To a man, each died with a nonchalance that each would have denied as courage. They simply called it lack of fear. If anything great or good is born of this war, it […]

Grumman F4F-4, “Wildcat”, ‘Fighting Three’, USS Yorktown

by Frederick J Seitz III on June 5, 2017 · in Aviation — 7 Comments

This is the always popular 1:48 scale Tamiya kit, of LeRoy Grumman’s tough little fighter. This model represents the aircraft flown by Mach. Thomas F. Cheek on the morning of 4 June, 1942. During that action Mach. Cheek, was credited […]

Vought SB2U-3, “Vindicator”, ‘VMSB-241’, Midway Atoll

by Frederick J Seitz III on June 5, 2017 · in Aviation — 9 Comments

This model represents a “Vindicator” attached to Marine Bombing Squadron Two Forty One, (VMSB-241). It was flown by 2nd Lt. Sumner Whitten, with Sgt. Frank E. Zelnis, as gunner. After unsuccessfully attacking the Japanese battleship HMIJNS Haruna, “Number Eleven” was […]

Douglas TBD-1, “Devastator”, ‘Torpedo Eight’, USS Hornet

by Frederick J Seitz III on June 5, 2017 · in Aviation — 9 Comments

Number 8-T-16 was another of the aircraft lost the morning of 4 June, 1942 during the Battle of Midway. This is the aircraft of the C. O. of Torpedo Squadron Eight, (VT-8), Lt. Cdr. John Waldron. During the Battle, Lt. […]

Douglas SBD-3, “Dauntless”, ‘Scouting Six’, USS Enterprise

‘S-1’ was a “Dauntless” assigned to Scouting Squadron Six, (VS-6) and was flown from USS Enterprise, (CV-6), by Lt. Wilmer “Earl” Gallaher. Lt. Gallaher flew this aircraft, putting the first of four 1,000 pound bombs delivered by Enterprise pilots, into […]

John Bridgers’ account of the loss of USS Yorktown

by Tom Cleaver on June 5, 2017 · in Aviation — 6 Comments

June 4, 1942: in addition to the US fliers sinking three Japanese carriers in the morning, the aircraft of the surviving fourth carrier, Hiryu, hit USS Yorktown; after survivingtwo strikes, the majority of the crew was evacuated. Yorktown survived another […]

Monogram 1/48 Douglas Devastator TBD-1,USN, VT-8. Ens George Gay Midway June 4 1942

by Chuck A. Villanueva on June 5, 2017 · in Aviation — 17 Comments

Ens George Gay didn’t get much sleep the night of June 3rd, knowing what he was about to do in the morning. Reports were coming in from the P-boats (PBY Catalinas) of what has transpired the previous day and during […]

Midway Group Build 1/48 Hasegawa Aichi D3A1 Type 99 (Val)

by Tom Bebout on June 4, 2017 · in Aviation — 10 Comments

In addition to the Midway Campaign the Japanese began their offensive in the Aleutians by staging a bombing raid on the Naval Base at Dutch Harbor on June 3, 1942. Strike force aircraft were launched from the carriers Junyo and […]

1/48 Accurate Miniatures SBD-3 Dauntless, USS Enterprise VB-6, flown by Lt. Cmdr. Richard Best

by Louis Gardner on June 4, 2017 · in Aviation — 26 Comments

75 years ago today “Dick” Best changed history with a single 1,000 pound bomb. At that exact instant, he also changed the course of the War in favor of the United States in the Pacific Theater. It has been written […]

1/48 Monogram Douglas TBD Devastator, USS Enterprise, 04 June 1942

by Louis Gardner on June 4, 2017 · in Aviation — 28 Comments

This is the picture that inspired the markings for my build, which was part of the recent Midway Group build. This plane has interior green paint inside the cockpit. More on that in a few…………………… There were a series of […]