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woofiedog
09-15-2007, 07:51 AM
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Color photos of Torpedoe Eight in color and other photos. (http://www.centuryinter.net/midway/Carrier_Squadrons/Torpedo_Eight/in_color.html)

http://www.centuryinter.net/midway/graphics/vt-8/vt8tbd-t5-may42.jpg
A TBD from Torpedo Eight, T-5, taxiing up the flight deck of CV-8 circa 15 May 1942. This aircraft has already been equipped with twin .30 cal rear mount and is carrying a live torpedo. Note the placement of the number 5 on the cowl front edge, and the size and location of T-5 on the side. Also note the inside of the wing fold is intermediate blue. Other shots show red-yellow-blue propeller tips, no LSO stripe, no port wing number on upper surface.

Photo courtesy Mark Horan


http://www.centuryinter.net/midway/graphics/vt-8/vt8-g-gay-may42.jpg
ENS George Henry Gay, A-V(N) USNR and George Arthur Field, ARM3c, who flew with ENS Harold Ellison on 4 June.

Photo courtesy Mark Horan

elephant_il2
09-15-2007, 10:59 AM
Great find! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

triad773
09-15-2007, 11:06 AM
Cool! Never see too much about that craft, but read this on Wikipedia
The TBD Devastator marked a large number of "firsts" for the US Navy. It was the first widely-used carrier-based monoplane as well as the first all-metal plane, the first with a totally enclosed cockpit, the first with hydraulically folding wings; it is fair to say that the TBD was revolutionary. A semi-retractable undercarriage was fitted, with the wheels designed to protrude 10 inches (250 mm) below the wings to permit a "wheels-up" landing with only minimal damage.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TBD_Devastator

JTFM
09-15-2007, 11:39 AM
Just go straight to the source and own your own color DVD of VT-8! Plus a great interview with George Gay, plus John Ford's Midway documentary, also in color. All on one DVD.

http://www.torpedoeight.com/

I bought it, it's stellar. Highly recommended.

-HH- Beebop
09-15-2007, 12:43 PM
EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT!
Nice find! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Thank you for posting. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

leitmotiv
09-15-2007, 12:55 PM
Thanks for the link, WD. I am very glad to have these images. I am going to be making a TBD model soon.

BfHeFwMe
09-15-2007, 01:23 PM
Why buy the DVD when it's free in the public domain.

VT-8 (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6084375137594323518&q=Factual+Factory&total=638&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=5)

JTFM
09-15-2007, 03:53 PM
That link takes you to "Russian War, Torpedo 8." Hardly the same as the USN's Torpedo 8. Didn't you even bother to check the link?

Besides that I wanted to and can afford it, I bought the DVD mostly for the George Gay interview. Unless somebody has since thrown it up on YouTube or something, it wasn't available at the time.

BillyTheKid_22
09-15-2007, 07:15 PM
Thanks find!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Jediteo
09-15-2007, 07:39 PM
good find, sort of sad reading about these fellows, as only Gay survived

rockgardenlove
09-15-2007, 07:39 PM
Originally posted by JTFM:
That link takes you to "Russian War, Torpedo 8." Hardly the same as the USN's Torpedo 8. Didn't you even bother to check the link?

Besides that I wanted to and can afford it, I bought the DVD mostly for the George Gay interview. Unless somebody has since thrown it up on YouTube or something, it wasn't available at the time.
Didn't you bother to read the blurb?

"Factual Factory- Stock Footage, (color) Office of Strategic Services: Torpedo Squadron 8- U.S. Navy 1942 Midway Island in the Pacific- pilots and the flight crews have written letters to remember the 8 men who gave their lives. A memorial service is held."

Forward to 23 minutes to see it.

JTFM
09-15-2007, 09:01 PM
You got me--I didn't even see any blurb to read. I suffered through about ten minutes of Russian footage, attempted to FF and the video hung.

Based on your description, however, this is not the footage on the DVD. As you may know, a portion of VT-8 was stationed on Midway Island and flew TBF Avengers. The DVD features those pilots of VT-8 stationed on USS Hornet CV-8, flying TBD Devastators. The color footage was taken aboard the carrier and features most of the crewman standing next to the planes, the planes being spotted on deck, and a few of the TBDs on their takeoff rolls, never to return.

So, if interested and able, buy the DVD.

BTW, "the 8 men who gave their lives" as quoted above is odd. 29 men died from the VT-8 attachment on USS Hornet (15 of 15 planes shot down, 1 survivor), and 16 men died with the VT-8 attachment from Midway Island (5 of 6 planes shot down, 1 RTB Midway with 1 KiA).

Esel1964
09-15-2007, 09:26 PM
Great stuff Woofie,thx for sharing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif