One of my all time favorite movies is Midway.
And I have read a few books about both Pearl Harbor and Midway.
and being a programmer and geek always found the breaking of JN25 fascinating.
so i have more than a passing knowledge about the battle.
I had never until now seen the after action interview of LT. George Gay of Torpedo Squadron 8 - the only survivor from that squadron who watched the whole Battle of Midway from the water after being shot down.
Astounding, simply astounding .....
wow, just wow....when we finally got up to the Battle of Midway it was the first time I had ever carried a torpedo on an aircraft and was the first time I had ever had taken a torpedo off of a ship, had never even seen it done. None of the other Ensigns in the squadron had either.
Quite a few of us were a little bit skeptical and leery but we'd seen Doolittle and his boys when they hadn't even seen a carrier before and they took the B-25s off, we figured by golly if they could do it, well we could too.
As I said, we had had no previous combat flying. We'd never been against the enemy
here's the whole thing: