Carrier warfare

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On the morning of 7 December 1941, Roy Boreen enjoyed an early breakfast of pancakes. After breakfast he went to the...
Robert Freligh’s crewman Sam Plonski was from the Boston area, and Peter Sanchez from the Chicago area. He always flew...
Walter Nelson loved the airplane he flew in [Annotators Note: TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers]. It was slow but...
[Annotators Note: Robert Freligh served as a TBF and TBM Avenger torpedo bomber pilot in Torpedo Squadron 13, VT13,...
Walter Nelson recognized that they were close enough that they could have bailed over Australia if they needed to. From...
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roy Boreen was stationed at the Section Base until 1943. After that, he was sent to...
When Robert Freligh got out of the navy he went back to school at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. They had to go to...
Walter Nelson went into the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. It was just about the same time that...
Alexander Vraciu was on a mission with a flight of 12 aircraft when he noticed five Zeros [Annotators Note: Mitsubishi...
Merrill was returning from a search mission just as the Doolittle Raiders were taking off from the Hornet [Annotator's...
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Paul Hilliard believes the SBD Dauntless is much underrated and unfortunately much unrecognized. WWII books sometimes...
Wiley grew up during the Great Depression and he joined the Navy in 1940 just shortly after he graduated from high...
After the battle they headed to the Aleutians. At this time they had a full air group after adopting guys from Bombing...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
When Feightner pulled up at the end of the runway he was hit again. His F6F [Annotator's Note: Grumman F6F "Hellcat"...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Vejtasa could see the Lexington on fire but still recovering planes. The Yorktown was also burning but recovering...
Vejtasa had hit the carrier he had made a run on. Fighting 42 was aboard the Yorktown and was commanded by Jimmy...
Admiral Kinkaid [Annotato's Note: Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid] who had no experince with carriers or aviators, ordered a...
On the morning of the battle, Vejtasa was flying CAP. Jimmy Flately and Johnny Leppla were flying escort for the...
During the second Truk raid Alexander Vraciu was on a morning hop escorting bombers when they were attacked by a group...
Merrill was aboard the Saratoga [Annotator's Note: USS Saratoga, CV-3] both times she was torpedoed.When they left...
The ship [Annotator's Note: the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13)] wasn't at Pearl Harbor for long before heading...
The Evans [Annotator's Note: US Navy destroyer USS Evans (DD-552)] was a Fletcher Class destroyer of 2100 tons.Life on...
Donald Hoff was regularly assigned to fly with Ensign Stone. Hoff was used to flying with him and felt like they were a...
Ramage was at Pearl Harbor when the Battle of Midway took place. He was not aboard ship at the time. The newspapers of...
Thatcher watched and was actually in a few of the B-25's that were practicing taking off from a short runway. It gave...
For Paul Hilliard, The National WWII Museum obtaining an SBD [Annotators Note: Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber] is a...
Hopkins finished that phase in September 1941. Hopkins was assigned to Bombing Squadron 4 which operated off of the USS...
Wiley relates that at the time of the hit and run carrier raids, they had more aircrew than airplanes. Being a new...
Earnest then had to make a decision, he was already a 2nd lieutenant in the Army but he was not sure if he wanted to be...
On the trip from Pendleton to Columbia [Annotators Note: Oregon to South Carolina in December 1941] Richard Cole was...
Henry Bourgeois' first air to air combat was over Bougainville. When the dive bombers went into their dive, the entire...
On the evening of 28 February [Annotator's Note: 28 February 1942] they left the area they had been fighting in and...

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