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Hornet

Thursday, June 4, 1942
The Battle of Midway
Hornet dive bombers missed contact, but 15 planes comprising her Torpedo Squadron 8 found the enemy and pressed home their attacks. They were met by overwhelming fighter opposition about eight miles from three enemy carriers and followed all the way in to be shot down one by one. Ens. George H. Gay, USNR, the only surviving pilot, reached the surface as his plane sunk. He hid under a rubber seat cushion to avoid strafing and witness the greatest carrier battle in history. Of 41 torpedo planes launched by the American carriers, only six returned. Their sacrifices drew enemy fighters away from dive bombers of Enterprise and Yorktown who sank three Japanese carriers with an assist from submarine USS Nautilus. The fourth Japanese carrier, Hiryu, was sunk the following day.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 50

Name Service Branchsort descending
ARM 3c William Sawhill USN
AM 3c William Lawe USN
Lt Langdon Fieberling USN
ARM 1c Tom Pettry USN
Ens Charles Kelly USN
ARM 3c Robert Huntington USN
ARM 2c Bernard Phelps USN
Ens Henry Kenyon USN
Ens Jack Wilke USN
Lt Raymond Moore USN
Sea 2c Ashwell Picou USN
Lt Royal Ingersoll USN
Darrel Woodside USN
ENS Harold Ellison USN
Sea 1c Howard Pitt USN
Ens Joseph Hissem USN
EM 3c John Mehltretter USN
Lt(jg) Jeff Woodson USN
Sea 2c Francis Polston USN
Ens George Hill USN

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