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Old 11-08-2016, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default SkyMax SM8008 USN TBD-1 Devastator, VT-8, USS Hornet, "Battle of Midway"

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BuNo 0308, VT-8, USS Hornet,
4th June, 1942 "Battle of Midway"

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Default Re: SkyMax SM8008 USN TBD-1 Devastator, VT-8, USS Hornet, "Battle of Midway"

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)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Davis_Woodson

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:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Waldron
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The Devastator has always been one of my favourite US Navy WWII birds. That and the Catalina. I just think they're such unusual looking planes, so purpose built! The technology curve of that era is so fascinating. Not to mention, the heroics achieved in these planes.
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Photos are up on Hawkone's website.

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