|Posted: Jan 20 2020 at 1:44pm | IP Logged
My "Train of Thought" was Slightly Distracted For a Moment
I am a history buff. History can help you foresee the future. Often history
TV programs omit some important details even getting some wrong. Except
for one nearly hidden fact the U.S Navy could have lost the important battle
of Midway during WW-II.
Being low on fuel the leader of the flight of SBD dive bombers was about to
give up searching for the Japanese aircraft carriers. He spots a lone Japanese
destroyer speeding toward the Japanese fleet and heads in that direction!
If the squadron of SBD dive bombers had not caught the Japanese aircraft
carriers in a compromising condition and their fighter air cover down. The battle
well could have been lost.
I often wondered why was the Japanese destroyer was alone maybe 40 miles
from the fleet it was supposed to protect?
Long story short! The Japanese destroyer had been depth charging an
American submarine for two hours.
The keel was laid in 1927 for the USS Nautilus V6 and it survived many
missions during WW-II. During the major naval battle at Midway Island
the Nautilus played an important role. After launching torpedoes at a Japanese
battleship the Nautilus was attacked for two hours buy a Japanese destroyer
using depth charges. The sub being under water could not report the position
of the Japanese Fleet. Failing to sink the Nautilus the Japanese destroyer
at a high speed headed to catch up to the Japanese fleet with it’s four aircraft
This is the Japanese destroyer that lead the American SBD dive bombers
to the Japanese fleet and it’s four aircraft carriers. Thus began one of the most
decisive naval battles in American history.
Later the Nautilus carried Carson’s Marine Raiders on search and destroy
missions attacking Japanese troops on islands in the Pacific. The six inch guns
on the Nautilus were used in support of the Marines and on Japanese shipping.
I have another piece on history to correct later. It is about a fighter pilot
that misidentified enemy aircraft, got several wounds and shot in the face
with a bullet lodged in his brain.
But for now stay tuned… it is back to Railroad History.. Don S..
BTW,… We found a picture of a long lost family member (lost before WW-II) pictured on
the V-6. We looked up the history of the V-6 and sure enough, both had survived WW-II!
PLEASE >>> A SIG similar to mine can be VERY HELPFUL to all the members!
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