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Naval History in Photos: the Battle of Midway

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How in the world did they managed to repair holes on the flight deck during battle? Did they have some sort of spare sheet steel that they could weld quickly on the spot or what?

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If not for that submarine, the Yanks might have got the Yorktown home again and it would have been a 4:0 shutout. Too much to hope for?

17 minutes ago, Admiral_Bingo said:

How in the world did they managed to repair holes on the flight deck during battle? Did they have some sort of spare sheet steel that they could weld quickly on the spot or what?

The flight decks on the earlier carriers are wooden. You plank them over. On the steel-decked carriers I think yes, they did carry plate steel to enable temporary repairs and get the flight deck back in order. But we are talking hours here, not minutes. 

Always assuming, of course, that the bomb which holed your flight deck didn't do a whole lot more damage that either sends you back to port or sinks you.

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As a kid, I used to buy Ballentine Books on WWII and I loved the book on the battle of Midway, those books are still at my parents house! 

Question:  when the Yorktown was hit and the planes were on the flight deck, did they push them overboard or did the pilots fly them off, list and all? 

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The caption for the Mikuma refers to attack by carrier based aircraft.  However, it fails to mention that Midway based SBDs and SB2Us of Marine Scout Bombing 241 also participated in attacking, an effort which produced the Battle of Midway's only Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously to Captain Richard Fleming, USMCR.  Many accounts we see posted about Midway fail to mention that Marine Scout Bombing 241 also participated in the attack on the carriers on 4 June.  The squadron's take off was recorded by CAPT John Ford, USNR in his movie documentary.  That attack was led by the squadron's skipper, Major Lofton R. Henderson who was lost in the attack.  Awarded a posthumous Navy Cross, he would be memorialized by his fellow Marine aviators who named Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, home of the Cactus Air Force, in his honor. 

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the Battle of Midway was Japan "getting clapped" as kids today would say

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Just as a note for those who wish to see the great Battle of Midway from the makers of ROME history. 

On NETFLIX find World War II in colour, the mini-series shows never before scenes of that great battle and others.

Enjoy

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This one of the better photo collections you have ever put up...Kudos

 

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21 hours ago, Admiral_Bingo said:

How in the world did they managed to repair holes on the flight deck during battle? Did they have some sort of spare sheet steel that they could weld quickly on the spot or what?

They usually had spare metal sheets and wood plankings that they would have to haul from ready storage area.

 

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On 6/2/2020 at 2:29 PM, kingts said:

Just as a note for those who wish to see the great Battle of Midway from the makers of ROME history. 

On NETFLIX find World War II in colour, the mini-series shows never before scenes of that great battle and others.

Enjoy

I'm always amazed at how many never-before-seen scenes I've already seen.

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On 6/2/2020 at 9:05 AM, Admiral_Bingo said:

How in the world did they managed to repair holes on the flight deck during battle? Did they have some sort of spare sheet steel that they could weld quickly on the spot or what?

The U.S. Navy used heavy wood timbers for quick repairs, The decks were covered with a 2" wood layer to allow the dropped tool or other object to not bounce too far.  The method of keeping the deck in a serviceable state was called 'holly stoning', the crew used large brick and sand to keep things smooth, it also keep the rust down. The damage control parties were well drilled in making repairs like the bomb hole seen in the photo, when the 2nd attack reached the Yorktown, the pilots reported they hit a 2nd American CV scoring 2 torpedo hits, After the war, many in Japan were unsure about just how many CV's we had in the Pacific.

The battle of Midway was the turning point of the war in the Pacific, We owe those that fought and died there for giving us the chance to win and live in peace for most of the rest of the 20th century, let us all take some time to honor those that were there and thank them for all they did.

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On 6/2/2020 at 9:25 AM, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

If not for that submarine, the Yanks might have got the Yorktown home again and it would have been a 4:0 shutout. Too much to hope for?

The flight decks on the earlier carriers are wooden. You plank them over. On the steel-decked carriers I think yes, they did carry plate steel to enable temporary repairs and get the flight deck back in order. But we are talking hours here, not minutes. 

Always assuming, of course, that the bomb which holed your flight deck didn't do a whole lot more damage that either sends you back to port or sinks you.

The sub that hit the Yorktown was far to the east of where the battle was fought, it turned west when radio traffic made their position mute, it was just by chance the Yorktown was dead in the water making it all too easy, The report of a sinking was confusing, to the Japanese, when reports of the 1st attack by dive bombers left Yorktown burning, the 2nd attack left it dead in the water from 2 torpedo hits, then the subs report added uncertain conclusions, we had just 3 CV's in the Pacific able to fight, but it was thought we had found a way to bring 1-2 more around from the Atlantic without being detected, For those who are hard core Aviation veterans like myself, this battle gave CV's the push to become the Naval power houses they did become, had the battle of Midway gone the other way, we would have been building BB's for 20-30 more years, the Georgia's, Ohio's and the Montana's would have been a reality with further CV's being held in a support role.

They say that 'Hindsight' being 20/20, we will always ask those questions, and WOWS will fuel them for quite some time to come.

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