So this devastator is coded "T-5." The previous "midway" devastator (coded T-14) was george gay's choice - a reasonable choice, but whose is T-5?
"Delivered to VT-2, 2-T-13; Green section leader, full colors (MS 48-14); small red gunnery "E" carried behind first step in 1940-? (photo SSIA); later lost with VT-8 as T-5, LT(jg) Jeff Davis Woodson and Otway David Creasy, Jr., ARM2c KIA 6/4/42. Aircraft code carried fwd of oversize fuselage star, BG wheel covers. (MH) Aircraft retrofitted with twin .30 mount from CV-6 SBD spares stocks prior to Midway.(SSIA).[Listed in SSIA delivery as 2-T-15] Photo of aircraft with VT-8 Jeff Davis Woodson memorial page"
(from the excellent list at Douglas TBD Devastator list by Lynn Ritger
was the pilot. worth a read.
All of the pilots and gunners of VT-8 on that day were brave heroes. That is beyond dispute. And so, there's absolutely nothing wrong and actually a lot right about choosing what looks to be a pretty random VT-8 plane to commemorate (even if the aforementioned 'E' maybe should be there)
however, i'm a little surprised that they didn't do waldron's plane (coded "T-16"). in the pantheon of heroes that is VT-8 he stands out as first among heroes. maybe HM split run this, but i'm not so sure they did.
for those who dont know: