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.
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.
We continue on.
“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.”
You can find the video by clicking HERE.