Thursday, October 4, 2018
Requiem For Torpedo Eight-- Part 2: All Shot Down, Only One Survivor
The pilots' orders are to attack the entire might of the Japanese fleet off Midway Island. Squadron leader LCDE John C. Waldron and his aircrews are well aware that their chances of survival from this fateful mission are minimal at best.
Flying low and slow against the Japanese armada, all fifteen torpedo bombers were shot out of the sky with only one survivor, Ensign George Gay.
But this daring action forced the defending Zero fighters down to wave-top level and exhausted much of their fuel, leaving their carriers virtually unprotected.