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Remembering Torpedo Squadron Eight

The following video is in memory of Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8). The brave men of this squadron attacked the Japanese Fleet at Midway in 1942 in antiquated TBD torpedo aircraft. The entire squadron was killed except for one pilot, George Gay, who authored the book, "Sole Survivor the Battle of Midway" (1980).

This Michael Cooper edited video is the actual color film of the squadron and its men. The film was never released to the public and was only presented to the widows of the officers and men.

  • The first part of the film shows VT-8 preparing and taking off the USS Hornet on their ill-fated mission. All except George Gay, had less than two hours to live.

  • The second part shows the men just after the Battle of the Coral Sea a month earlier.

  • The last part shows a service held aboard Hornet for the lost aviators.



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