Skymax 1/72d TBD-1 & Airfix 1/72d A6M2
I’ve decided to concentrate on the history rather than the models in my Midway GB posts.
12 TBD-1’s of VT-3 led by LCDR Lance E. (Lem) Massey spotted the Japanese carriers at about 1015. Initially the Zeros were kept at bay by their fighter escort led by LCDR Thach, but as they made their run on the IJN Soryu she maneuvered away, and Massey was forced to switch targets to the IJN Hiryu which was the farthest away but was turning toward them. At around 1020 as Massey split his force into two 6 plane divisions they were jumped by upwards of 20 Zeros. According to the only gunner to survive the attack, Massey’s plane was hit and began to burn. LCDR stood in the cockpit to avoid the flames trying to make that last mile to the drop point. As his gunner ACRM Leo E Perry continued to fired at their attacker, the aircraft slammed into the sea and disintegrated. The remnants of Torpedo 3 pressed on, 5 aircraft making drops at 600 to 800 yards, but 30 knot torpedos aren’t going to catch a. 34 knot carrier and no hits where made. 12 crews went in, 5 made it to the drop point, 2 got clear, but had to ditch before sighting TF 17 and the Yorktown. All 4 were picked up but one of the gunners died of his wounds while his pilot pulled him from his seat.
Represents a Zero operating as part of the Hiryu’s CAP
T-1 LCDR Massey and ACRM Perry’s TBD-1
LCDR Lance Massey April 1942 shortly after taking command of Torpedo 3.
He was credited with sinking a Japanese ship while XO for Torpedo 6.