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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
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 ascending Service Branch
AMM 3c Jay Manning USN
ARM 2c Amelio Maffei USN
Ens Victor Lewis USN
AM 3c William Lawe USN
Ens Henry Kenyon USN
Ens Charles Kelly USN
Lt Royal Ingersoll USN
ARM 3c Robert Huntington USN
Ens Joseph Hissem USN
Ens George Hill USN
Ens Stephen Groves USN
Ens Don Griswold USN
Lt(jg) John Gray USN
Ens Oswald Gaynier USN
ARM 2c Ronald Fisher USN
ARM 3c George Field USN
Lt Langdon Fieberling USN
AOM 3c Charles Fair USN
Ens William Evans USN
ENS Harold Ellison USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships