June 6, 1942 . . .

An SBD Dauntless at Midway. Creative Commons Fair Use: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/explore/photography/wwii/wwii-pacific/turning-the-japanese-tide/1942-june-battle-of-midway/1942-june-6.html

Planes from the Enterprise and Hornet chased the retreating Japanese fleet. The battle had begun on June 4th and continued until the 7th.

I helped restore an SBD, back when I was in college the first time.


5 thoughts on “June 6, 1942 . . .

  1. Every year I try to have my own private observance of the Battle of Midway, by watching the documentaries I have about the battle, and/or rereading the two best books about it: Incredible Victory by Walter Lord, and Shattered Sword by Parshall and Tully. If you’ve never read the latter, you should – it was published about fifteen years ago, and has some stunning revelations about the Japanese side of the battle, which were well known in Japanese histories but completely new to American scholarship on the battle.

    Incidentally, the photo you chose as a header doesn’t need the “fair use” disclaimer. It’s an official United States Navy photograph, taken by a USN enlisted man in the performance of his duty, so it’s public domain.

    • If you haven’t already done so, I recommend that you check out Drachinifel’s channel on YouTube. Among all the rest of his magnificent content, he has a couple of interviews with Jon Parshall about ‘Shattered Sword’ and the Battle of Midway.

  2. A special day. Many consider this the ‘turning point’ in the battle against the Japanese. Everytime I look at it, I can’t help but wonder if Ring had actually listened to Waldron and the others whether or not VT-8 would have had more survivors and we wouldn’t have had the losses in the Hornet air group that we did.

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