Over at Joy Neal Kidney’s website, the story of Yorktown crew member E 1/c Donald Wilson, and a copy of his naval citation and commendation medal for assisting with the attempted salvage of CV-5, has been posted. Definitely worth a read.
On YouTube’s “Memoirs of WWII” channel, they’ve published a video of Yorktown crewman Roger Spooner’s account of abandoning the ship during the Battle of Midway. There are inconsistencies in his story against what is known to have happened during the battle (he mentions a Japanese plane crashing into the ship, but there’s no record of that); regardless, it’s worth a watch and very compelling.
There’s a lot of text and a lot of images in Martin J. Quinn’s review of the Merit USS Yorktown kit in 1/350th scale. So, it took a while to add it to the site. It’s up now, however, and can be access HERE.
With that, all of the static site information has been restored. We’ll start adding links to Yorktown articles and model builds online, and begin to look at reviews of recent Yorktown related items, such as books, more model kits and aftermarket for said kits, etc.
The US Naval Institute’s magazine, Naval History, has a feature article on the Yorktown at Midway, and how her experiences there and at Coral Sea helped shape the wartime Navy’s approach to damage control.
The article can be viewed in the print December issue, and is also featured online HERE.
We continue to add content from the original site to this new location. Several book reviews have been restored, including That Gallant Ship, and The Battle Off Midway Island. We also got USS Hammann survivor Wood Fugate’s story back online, which was particularly important to us, as this may be the only place that piece was ever published.
A copy of John Ford’s “The Battle of Midway”, claiming “digitally restored color” is now available to watch on YouTube. The description reads, in part:
“Highlights include memorable scenes from the Marine Base on Midway, airfield B-17s leaving to attack the Japanese fleet, patrolling PBYs,. action packed Japanese attacks on the Yorktown and Midway, and up close shots of the Yorktown’s squadron VF3 and their F4F Wild Cats, including aces John S. “Jimmy’ Thach (“The Thach Weave”) and Lt. E. Scott McCuskey. And it wouldn’t be a John Ford movie without some of the most vivid combat cinematography you have ever seen, a touching and dramatic score by nine time Oscar winner Alfred Newman, and some folksy narration by Henry Fonda.”
After many months of being off-line and just plain broken, we’ve resurrected this website. Long story short: hackers got in, screwed up everything, and it’s taken more time, thought, and money, than anticipated to get the site up and running again.
The plan is to recreate the website as it was. We will be able to restore all of the content such as photos, reviews, history articles, etc. Unfortunately, we will not be able to restore the comments from the public on those articles. Another long story short: the restoration of the database containing the community comments and interaction would have required more money than this single-person financed website was able to budget. We’re sorry to lose that content. (for those looking for that content, the Wayback Machine website does have a few good archives of the original website:
That’s where we stand. We’ll be adding back articles as time allows, with a goal of one or two a week. We’ll also be adding new content as it becomes available. Yorktown has miraculously become better represented in the model making world over the past few years, and we’ll be talking about the new kits, reference materials, and upgrade sets.