One of the mysteries of the Battle of Midway concerns the failure of USS Hornet’s air wing to find the Japanese fleet during the most critical phase of the battle. Sixty dive bombers and fighters were on the same course and time as the other two air wings, but never saw the enemy fleet. Only the torpedo planes, separated from the others, managed to find and attack the Japanese carriers and were wiped out. Why did fifty dive bombers fail to find them? Their participation could have changed the course of the battle and kept the USS Yorktown from being lost. What happened? The real reason was mired in bad judgment, poor leadership, and pure arrogance. The truth was only revealed forty years after the battle when an historian discovered a vital clue written on the back of a ten-dollar bill. Now you can learn the real story of the mystery of Air Wing 8.
Presenter: Mark Carlson