Requiem for Torpedo Eight
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Military Aviation Art
When the Douglas Devastator entered the Fleet in 1937, it was the cutting edge torpedo bomber in existence.
In 1942, when it flew to battle, it was big, and slow, and a death trap to its crews.  Not really the fault of the Navy; aviation was growing by leaps and bounds at the time, and a design might be cutting edge at one moment, obsolete the two years later.
Torpedo Eight launched off the Hornet to attack the Japanese Fleet north of Midway Island.
Only one of the aircrew, Ensign Gay, a Texan, survived the attack.
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