Douglas TBD-1, “Devastator”, ‘Torpedo Eight’, USS Hornet-Part Two
“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 should not be valued in the colonies we may win nor in the pages historians will attempt to write, but rather in the youth of our country, who never trained for war; rather almost never believed in war, but who have, from some hidden source, brought forth a gallantry which is homespun, it is so real.”
“When you hear others saying harsh things about American youth, do all in your power to help others keep faith with those few who gave so much. Tell them that out here, between a spaceless sea and sky, American youth has found itself and given itself so that, at home, the spark may catch. There is much I cannot say, which should be said before it is too late. It is my fear that national inertia will cancel the gains won at such a price. My luck can’t last much longer, but the flame goes on and on.”
–Ensign William R. Evans, USN, Pilot of ‘T-3’, Torpedo Eight, USS Hornet, Killed in Action with his Radioman/Gunner, Ross E. Bibb Arm3, Midway, 4 June 1942.
The previous quote, was taken from a letter written by Ens. Evans, to his parents on the eve of battle, June 1942. Within a few days of it’s posting to the states, he and twenty-eight of his squadron mates would be dead.
The model I have built, is in the honor of Ens, Evans and the entire “Torpedo Eight” contingent who perished at Midway.
Model is the Great Wall kit, in 1:48 scale
Last picture: Took a second place award at the IPMS/USA Region One Contest in Batavia, NY, 19/20 May, 2017.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.