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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Ens George Hill USN
Ens Joseph Hissem USN
ARM 3c Robert Huntington USN
Lt Royal Ingersoll USN
Ens Charles Kelly USN
Ens Henry Kenyon USN
AM 3c William Lawe USN
Ens Victor Lewis USN
ARM 2c Amelio Maffei USN
AMM 3c Jay Manning USN
ARM 3c Hollis Martin USN
EM 3c John Mehltretter USN
Prtr 2c Arnold Meuers USN
Sea 2c Elmer Meyer USN
AP 1c Robert Miles USN
Ens Ulvert Moore USN
Lt Raymond Moore USN
RM 2c Arthur Osborn USN
Lt James Owens USN
ARM 1c Tom Pettry USN

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