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The day after the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] Alexander Vraciu was...
From 20000 feet the Japanese carriers could be seen maneuvering below. The carriers could be identified by their size...
Blanchard was still feeling the effects of the smoke inhalation when he was in Honolulu. He dealt with this injury for...
When the Japanese planned invasions on American, English or Filipino soil, they had to come up with a new code...
The most significant thing to occur during the Battle of Midway that allowed for American victory is up for debate....
At Santa Cruz Feightner and Wickendoll [Annotator's Note: Lt(jg) Maurice Wickendoll] were flying CAP [Annotator's Note...
Earnest did get his eight landings in. The next time he was going to be making a landing he was on the Saratoga [...
Norman Kleiss could not see if the bombs from the next two planes hit. When he made his run, he lined up on the big red...
Ferrier's airplane was taken back to Pearl Harbor after the battle. The engineers do all sorts of things to the plane,...
Alexander Vraciu lost his wing man, Brockmeyer [Annotators Note: US Navy Ensign Homer Brockmeyer], out over the...
There was a problem on Midway with producing fresh water. It was solved by evaporators and other techniques that were...
The ship spent a few days in San Diego. When the Yorktown had passed through the Panama Canal, Vejtasa had been...
As they went out, they saw a lone destroyer or possibly a light cruiser. They went to find the carrier but they did not...
Lepla took off with the strike group on the morning of the Battle of Santa Cruz [Annotator's Note: 26 October 1942]....
Most of the tests had to do with navigation. They got off of the ship in Pearl Harbor. Eventually Earnest was told that...
The planes all arrived about the same time. They then steamed north.The men knew that the Japanese had sent an armada...
Alexander Vraciu and the other members of his squadron [Annotators Note: Fighting Squadron 16 (VF 16)] were in their...
The Yorktown [Annotator’s Note: USS Yorktown (CV-5)] ended up getting the worst of it in the form of aerial and...
Hopkins was aboard the Hornet when they were under attack. It was quite an attack. The first few bombs knocked out the...
They [Annotator’s Note: the dive bombers] would cut the engines if nothing came back from the PBY's and call it a day [...
When Childers strapped in he said over the radio that it was his birthday and that he wanted to celebrate.Three of the...
After returning to his carrier, Norman Kleiss got a cup of coffee and prepared for his next flight. About that time a...
After the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] the action really slowed down...
All four Japanese carriers were sunk during the Battle of Midway. The Japanese plan had been to draw the American...
Before the Battle of the Coral Sea , Vejtasa's group got some information on the Japanese base at Rabaul and the...
Earnest tried to get a lead on the cruiser so he could drop his torpedo [Annotator’s Note: after being hit during the...
One ensign did bail out. He was picked up by a Japanese destroyer. He was interrogated, according to testimony from the...
Vejtasa doesn't know of anyone being lost during the attack. The farther away they got from the scene, the worse the...
On his first tour, Feightner was officially credited with 4 kills but he knows he shot down 12. Feightner shot down 31...
The Marines on Midway were a little shook up themselves. Just after they landed, a bomber squadron from the Hornet [...
The next bad thing to happen was when Childers tried to fire at a Zero [Annotator's Note: Japanese fighter aircraft],...
When Norman Kleiss returned he saw a carrier dead in the water. When he checked his YE-ZB he knew he still had a little...
Warren Schmitt and his ship [Annotator's Note: the USS Savo Island (CVE-78)] participated in five invasions from...
Henry Bourgeois' first air to air combat was over Bougainville. When the dive bombers went into their dive, the entire...
Charles Brooks would have breakfast before dawn onboard the ship. He would then look to see his assignment for the day...
[Annotator's Note: Clayton Fisher served in the Navy as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot in Bombing Squadron 8...

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