Douglas TBD Devastators of Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) on the deck of the USS Hornet as they prepare to launch a strike against the Japanese carrier force during the Battle of Midway, June 4th, 1942. The entire squadron was lost during it's attack, all fifteen aircraft being shot down by Japanese Zero fighters. Ensign George Gay, one of the Devastator pilots, was the only squadron member to survive the
Gay witnessed the destruction of three of the four Japanese carriers while he was in the water before being rescued the following day.
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Signed by Bill Tunstill, maintenance chief for the Devastators on the Hornet at Midway