Segment 5


Kleiss couldn't see if the bombs from the next 2 planes hit. When he made his run, he lined up on the big red red circle on the bow of the ship. After he pulled up he looked back he saw the bomb land right at the edge of the red circle and explode. Then he started to head back to his carrier.There was alot of antiaircraft fire so they had to do a lot of jinking to avoid it. A Zero got in behind Kleiss' plane. Snowden fired at it and it disappeared.When Kleiss got up to about 1,000 feet he looked back and saw what looked like 3 hay stacks on fire. Kleiss had hit the Kaga [Annotator's note: Japanese . In 4 minutes all of those ships had been hit. Kleiss saw an explosion on the ship he had hit. He headed home.Kleiss didn't want to speed up to catch the planes ahead of him. He knew which direction to get back. He ran into some clouds when he turned to head for the ship. Kleiss saw a Japanese plane come out of the cloud heading right for him. He went back into the cloud to avoid it. He didn't have enough fuel for a fight.Kleiss saw a downed dive bomber that his gunner identified as a Bombing 6 plane. Kleiss marked the location then headed for the carrier. When he landed he had less than 10 gallons of fuel left. Not even enough to circle if he had had to go around for a second attempt.McClusky was already back aboard. He had been wounded but went to give his report on the battle before being patched up.When SBDs [Annotator's note: Douglas SBD Dauntless, naval dive bombers] ran out of fuel they were easy to land on the water. The only problem was that the pilots would usually hit their heads on the telescope. The early SBDs had large flotation bags on them. Unfortunately, the holes to allow water in to deploy the bags was the same size as a mud dauber nest. If a mud dauber got into the bag compartment the bag would deploy when the plane got to altitude which could cause it to crash. The newer SBDs did not have the air bags.


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