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Torpedo Squadron Four

Thomas, Gerald W.

Torpedo Squadron Four

a cockpit view of World War II

by Thomas, Gerald W.

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Published by Rio Grande Historical Collections, New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. (P.O. Box 3475) .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Pacific Ocean.
    • Subjects:
    • Thomas, Gerald W.,
    • United States. Navy. Torpedo Squadron Four.,
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.,
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.,
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American.,
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Ocean.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-236) and index.

      Other titlesTorpedo Squadron 4.
      StatementGerald W. Thomas.
      ContributionsNew Mexico State University. Physical Science Laboratory., Rio Grande Historical Collections.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsD811 .T446 1990
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxii, 249 p. :
      Number of Pages249
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL1569055M
      LC Control Number91060176

        If any torpedo squadron should get credit for bringing "enemy air cover down to sea level", it would be VT VT-3's attack was at the same time as the dive-bomber attacks, and the Japanese regarded the torpedo bombers a greater threat to the carriers than dive-bombers.


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Gerald Thomas' Torpedo Squadron Four is a wonderfully detailed memoir of a torpedo bomber pilot, as well as a pretty good unit history of Air Group Four and the service lives of three aircraft carriers. The writing is much better than one expects (fears) in a Kindle book, and while there are places that an editor might have helped out a bit 4/5().

In preparing my memoir, "Torpedo Squadron Four: A Cockpit View of World War II," I had a difficult time selecting the photos for the book because I had many choices. The photos I eventually included were just 30% of the photos I had collected over 40 years relating to Air Group 4, Torpedo 4, the USS RANGER, the USS BUNKERHILL, and the USS /5(8).

Torpedo Squadron Four - A Cockpit View of World War II book. Read 4 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Thomas, in the only combat ac /5. This book is a historical account of World War II as seen by the pilot of an Avenger, the US Navy's famous torpedo bomber.

The focus is on the activities of one squadron, Torpedo 4 (VT-4). VT-4 was commissioned Janu aboard the original USS Ranger while at anchor off Bermuda. It was the Navy's first torpedo squadron commissioned at sea.

Fighting Squadron (VF) 47 and Torpedo Bombing Squadron (VF) There I Was: This Book Tells the Story of the Fighting Cocks of Fighting Forty-seven and the Liquidators of Torpedo Bombing Forty-seven.

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Thomas In preparing my memoir, Torpedo Squadron Four: A Cockpit View of World War II, I had a difficult time selecting the photos for the book because I had many photos I eventually included were just 30% of the photos I had collected over 40 years relating to Air Group 4, Torpedo 4, the.

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Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as a plebe. The Academy’s yearbook describes Lindsey as a track and diving star with a powerful case of “wanderlust.” Following graduation, Lindsey served on USS Saratoga (CV-3). The book cites 20 interviews and 5 combat journals, and contains photos documenting the ships, planes, men, and combat actions of Torpedo Squadron 4.

Many of the photographs were collected by Thomas during the war and include gun photo shots, recon photos, and, remarkably, a picture of the tail of Thomas' Torpedo plane as it sinks in the /5(3). Torpedo Squadron Four. This book took me back a few years.

Memories of places I spent 2 1\2 years in the Fourties. Kamikaze pilots doing their thing and killing Americans by the Hundreds in single action at times. The weather that they flew in was something else. Far above and pilot should have to fly in weather like that in the book 4/5(14).

Torpedo Squadron is a American short documentary film shot by John Ford while he was on the island of Midway. See also. List of Allied propaganda films of World War II; References. NotesDirected by: John Ford. Torpedo Squadron Four – A Cockpit View of World War II.

By Gerald W. Thomas This is the sole personal account emerging from World War II of a carrier-based Torpedo Bomber pilot. Thomas served on combat duty with Torpedo Squadron 4 (VT-4) for 25 months, beginning in February, Buy Torpedo Squadron Four: a cockpit view of World War II by Gerald W.

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The naval aviators of Torpedo Squadron 8, celebrated by Robert J. Mrazek in A Dawn Like Thunder, were young men, with much to live for, sold their lives dearly to blunt Japanese aggression against the U.S. in the early months of World War II/5. Torpedo Squadron 8. While The Battle of Midway was seen by nearly everyone on the home front, Torpedo Squadron 8 was made solely for the families of the lost Squadron members.

On the day the attack began, Kenneth Pier was shooting footage on the deck of USS Hornet. Soon after, the men of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) were the first to fight the. Buy a cheap copy of A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of book by Robert J. Mrazek.

One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an Free shipping over $/5(5). Three squadrons of torpedo planes had already made low-level attacks. The first torpedo squadron to find the carriers had been Torpedo 8.

Assembling Torpedo Squadron 8. Torpedo Squadron 8 was created in to become part of an air group for the new carrier USS Hornet. Cmdr. John C. Waldron was selected to lead the new squadron. Then-Ensign George Gay, U.S. Navy Reserve, was the pilot of one of the 15 Douglas TBD-1 Devastators of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) that took off from USS Hornet (CV 8) the morning of June 4, for a strike on the Japanese fleet during the Battle of r detachment of Torpedo 8, comprised of a few of the new TBF Avenger torpedo-bombers, was flying that day from Midway island itself.

A torpedo bomber is a military aircraft designed primarily to attack ships with aerial o bombers came into existence just before the First World War almost as soon as aircraft were built that were capable of carrying the weight of a torpedo, and remained an important aircraft type until they were rendered obsolete by anti-ship missiles.

The book cites 20 interviews and 5 combat journals, and contains photos documenting the ships, planes, men, and combat actions of Torpedo Squadron 4. Many of the photographs were collected by Thomas during the war and include gun photo shots, recon photos, and, remarkably, a picture of the tail of Thomas' Torpedo plane as it sinks in the.

The Battle of Midway is considered the greatest U.S. naval victory, but behind the luster is the devastation of the American torpedo squadrons. Of the 51 planes sent to attack Japanese carriers only 7 returned, and of the aircrew only 29 survived. Not a single torpedo hit its target.5/5(5). Torpedo Squadron Eight His first glimpse of the Hawaiian Islands was just a distant smudge on the sun-splashed sea, but it was enough for him to feel a shiver of excitement.

Torpedo Squadron Four (VT-4) was established Jan. 10, aboard the USS Ranger (CV-4) at Grassy Bay, Bermuda. VT-4 began flying the TBD Devastator and later the TBM Avenger out of their homeport of NAS Quonset Point, RI, protecting the sea-lanes between Bermuda and Newfoundland.

Mori Juzo was a torpedo bomber pilot of the Imperial Japanese Navy and one of the aviators who participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor. InJuzo wrote his autobiography, entitled Kiseki no Raigekitai (The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron).This book has.

A World War 2 U.S. Navy Journal following the Carrier Air Group: Torpedo Squadron Eleven (VT) in the South Pacific.

To:The Commander, MOTOR TORPEDO BOAT SQUADRON THREE Subject: Loss of the U.S.S. PT on Janu U.S.S PT got underway from Sisiman Bay for an attack to be launched simultaneously with U.S.S.

PT on four transports which were allegedly anchored in. The book cites 20 interviews and 5 combat journals, and contains photos documenting the ships, planes, men, and combat actions of Torpedo Squadron 4.

Many of the photographs were collected by Thomas during the war and include gun photo shots, recon photos, and, remarkably, a picture of the tail of Thomas' Torpedo plane as it sinks in the 4/5(1).

Records of Commander Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons, Pacific Fleet, ; and Commander Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 1, Records of Commander Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, consisting of general correspondence, serial file, engine parts lists, and miscellaneous records, ; and additional records,   Though this book is not without its faults: the transition from commentary to personal experience is not always smooth, and the images do not always match the subject at hand; the author, Thomas, more than accomplishes what he set out to do which was to make a “historical record” of Torpedo Squadron 4 as a “way to recall and acknowledge.

Subscribe Book Shop Travel With Us SmartNews History Science Ingenuity Arts & Culture Travel At a pilot in the U.S.S. Hornet’s Torpedo Author: Meilan Solly. Robert J. Mrazek’s book, “A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight”, was reviewed in The Washington Post of February 3, It is interesting to note that the front cover shows four Grumman TBF Avengers (known as TBM if manufactured by Eastern Aircraft of Trenton, NJ, a division of General Motors.).

Navy Submarine Torpedo Facility, Yorktown Kings Bay, Georgia: Commander, Submarine Squadron USS Florida (SSGN ) USS Georgia (SSGN ) USS Rhode Island (SSBN ) Commander, Submarine Squadron USS Alaska (SSBN ) USS Tennessee (SSBN ) USS West Virginia (SSBN ) USS Maryland (SSBN ) USS Wyoming (SSBN ) Commander.

Chapter 1. SQUADRON AND BOAT ORGANIZATION SQUADRON ORGANIZATION. GeneralThe organization of the motor torpedo boat squadron is similar to that of an aircraft squadron in that the squadron, rather than the individual boat, is the commissioned r, each motor torpedo boat functions as a commissioned vessel when acting singly.

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fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. Thirty-five American men -- many flying outmoded aircraft -- changed the course of the war, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, 4/5(3).

Shigeharu Murata (村田 重治, Murata Shigeharu) was a torpedo bomber pilot officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during World War was the commander of torpedo bombers in the Attack on Pearl Harbor that crippled several United States Navy (USN) battleships, and during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands that resulted in sinking of carrier Hornet.

Torpedo Squadron Four: A Unique Cockpit View of World War II, Second Edition Gerald W Thomas. Professional reading 4, the "noble sacrifice" of the USS Hornet's torpedo squadron, and the notion that the Americans were tremendously outnumbered.

Book in excellent condition, dust jacket nice with just one small 1/2" tear on top left corner. Signed by author to original owner. Hardbound, 8 3/4" x 11 1/2", pages, first edition. Torpedo Squadron Four-Cockpit view of World War 2-Gerald Thomas-1st edit. Seller Rating: % positive. A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story Of Torpedo Squadron Eight () About book: "A Dawn Like Thunder" is about one of my favorite historical subjects, the Battle of Midway during WWII.

These are the facts as history had taught me. On 4 Junejust five months and change after Pearl Harbor the Japanese made an attempt to take Midway Island in a gambit to draw out and destroy the American. Michael A.

Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of many titles in the Star Wars universe, including many of the Star Wars X-Wing novels and the New Jedi Order: Dark Tide novels Onslaught and not chained to a desk madly fighting deadlines, he plays indoor soccer, rides a mountain bike, and reads, but not all at the same time/5(80).

Attack Squadron 15 (VA) were several aviation units of the United States Navy. History: 10 January established as Torpedo Squadron 4 (VT-4) "Valions"; 15 November redesignated Attack Squadron 2A (VA-2A); 2 August redesignated VA; 1 June disestablished.

1 August established as VA; 2 June redesignated VA; 1 October redesignated Strike Fighter Instance of: squadron. SHW was assigned to M.T.B.

Squadron Four, The PT Training Squadron Based at Melville. Note her "so" radar antenna "RADOME" atop the mast, and depth charges. The aircrafts and the pilots and crew were worked to exhaustion and the squadron began to be known as “The Same 4 Cats” – which in Italian is a saying indicating that there are too few people to do a job.

The official squadron logo even shows 4 cats riding a torpedo.Ensign (later Lieutenant Commander) George Henry Gay Jr. (March 8, – Octo ) was a Douglas TBD Devastator pilot in United States Navy Torpedo Squadron 8 operating from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War the 30 VT-8 aircrew from Hornet that participated in the pivotal Battle of Midway, Ensign Gay was the sole s/wars: World War II, Battle of Midway.

Flying into a Beehive: Fighting Three at Midway Six Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat fighters of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3 were the sole protection for the USS Yorktown’s 12 torpedo planes and 17 dive bombers that attacked the Japanese First Carrier Striking Force early on 4 June