Written when I started to build the Yorktown.
I always try to document what I am building.
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This is what I found on a Website…
Naval History and Heritage Command has thousands and thousands of photos.
Description: Two Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless scout bombers of Scouting Squadron Five (VS-5) fly past the ship, during operations in the Coral Sea, circa April 1942. Planes parked on the flight deck, in the foreground, are Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighters of Fighting Squadron 42 (VF-42). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
Catalog #: 80-G-11664
Description: Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless scout bombers preparing to take off, during operations in the Coral Sea, 18 April 1942. The first plane is from Scouting Squadron Five (VS-5). Note that it has no insignia painted under its starboard wing, and that the insignia below its port wing is much smaller than that on the next SBD. Man standing at left, just beyond the first plane’s wingtip, is Boatswain Chester E. Briggs, Jr. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
Catalog #: 80-G-10152
Description: USS Yorktown (CV-5) Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5) SBD-3 aircraft spotted forward on the flight deck, during operations in the Coral Sea, April 1942. VB-5 painted individual plane numbers on the engine cowling, as seen here. Scouting Squadron Five (VS-5) planes had the numbers on the wing leading edge. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, 1984. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Catalog #: NH 95571
The more you look, the more you will find useful information…
Title: Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3) (In front, seated, left to right): (Second row, seated, left to right): (Third row, standing, left to right):
Caption: Squadron pilots, photographed Naval Air Station, Kaneohe, Hawaii, in late May 1942, just before the Battle of Midway.
Most of these men lost their lives in that action.
Those present include Ensign Carl A. Osberg, USNR; Machinist John R. Baker, USN; Ensign Oswald A. Powers, USNR; Ensign David J. Roche, USNR; Ensign Donald E. Weissenborn, USNR; Radio Electrician Werner I. Weis, USN; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Richard W. Suesens, USNR; Lieutenant Patrick H. Hart, USN, Executive Officer; Lieutenant Commander Lance E. Massey, USN, Commanding Officer; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Curtis W. Howard, USN; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John N. Myers, USN; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Fred C. Herriman, USNR. Machinist Harry L. Corl, USN; Ensign Wesley F. Osmus, USNR; Ensign Otho W. Schneider, USNR; Ensign John M. Armitage, USNR; Ensign Gerald R. Stablein, USNR; Ensign Leonard L. Smith, USNR; Chief Machinist’s Mate John W. Haas, USN; Chief Aviation Pilot Wilhelm G. Esders, USN. Courtesy of Captain John W. Myers, USN(Retired), 1985. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command
Catalog #: NH 95554
And then you remember some of the names…