Douglas TBD-1, “Devastator”, ‘Torpedo Eight’, USS Hornet
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. Cdr Waldron led fifteen TBD’s off USS Hornet, (CV-8) to attack the Japanese fleet, located northwest of Midway Atoll. They were caught on their way into the target, by Japanese AA fire, and their CAP, completely wiping them out. All fifteen TBD-1’s were shot down and of the one pilot, Ens. George Gay, survived.
Model is the old Monogram kit in 1:48 scale. I know the marking are incorrect for the plane as she flew at Midway, but this kit was built a LOOOOOONG time ago, and I was not privy to the research I have now. Be that as it may be, it STILL is a great model, in spite of it’s age!
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