Turning the Tide

Warren E Thompson describes the exploits of some of the American Wildcat ‘aces’, including three Medal of Honor holders

Men Behind the Wildcat

The deck of the USS ‘Enterprise’ packed with F4F-3s and SBDs in 1942.

Butch’ and his wingman took off from the deck of the USS Lexington, knowing they were the carrier’s last line of aerial defence. The ‘flat top’ and its escorts had been spotted by an enemy flying boat on February 20, 1942 as they made their way to carry out a strike at Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. The position and course of the task force was reported and the Japanese rushed to engage the ships long before they reached their objective.

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