Midway - The Attack on the Soryu - by Anthony Saunders
The Battle of Midway, Thursday 4 June 1942. As the Japanese carrier Soryu turned into the wind in preparation to launch her aircraft, SBD Dauntless dive-bombers from the U.S.S. Yorktown sprang to the attack. Pictured here are the SBD pilots as they pull out of their
death-defying dives having delivered their 1000lb bombs perfectly on target with three direct hits.
Already there is utter chaos aboard the Soryu as exploding ammunition and igniting fuel erupt onto the flight deck from the hangars below. Secondary explosions rip through the ship, fires rage beyond control and her hull shudders to contain the violent inferno.
Soryu is doomed.
The scenes on the Akagi and Kaga were the same, as SBDs from Yorktown arrived to join in the attack. Only the Hiryu survived and managed to launch a deadly counter attack against the Yorktown but, within hours, she too was successfully located and sunk by the SBDs. Four of Japan’s carrier fleet lay at the bottom of the ocean. It was Japan’s worst naval defeat in 350 years.
Overall size: 23" x 29½"
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Signed by two veterans of the Battle of Midway
AMM 1/C George H. Maynor
Entering the US Navy in May 1941 George joined the crew of the USS Hornet (CV-8) immediately after training. He served as a Plane Captain responsible for the maintenance of TBD Devastators, then TBM Avengers of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) and had been directly involved with preparing the B-25s for the Doolittle Raid. He had already seen action at the Battle of the Coral Sea and Guadalcanal before serving during the intense fighting at the Battle of Midway. George was still onboard the Hornet when she was sunk at Santa Cruz on October 26 1942 and was lucky to escape when the Destroyer that rescued him was then strafed by a Japanese fighter. He subsequently served on the USS Juneau and USS Nassau (CV-16) and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation
AMM 1/C Jack Morrissey
Jack Morrissey enlisted in the US Navy in June 1941, quickly rising to become Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class and was soon operating as a Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP) flying the PBY Catalina. Posted to Midway Naval Air Station he flew combat operation PBY-5s throughout the Battle of Midway in June 1942, rescuing American airmen that had been shot down, and went on to fly the SBD Dauntless. During his service he was shot down once but by the end of the war had managed to notch up over 4500 flying hours.
He was awarded 3 Presidential Citations and left the service at the end of the war.
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