One generally accepted fact about the Battle of Midway is that the air groups from the US aircraft carrier USS Hornet, under the direction of its skipper, Marc Mitscher, and air group commander, Stanhope Ring, generally performed abysmally. On the crucial first day of battle, three out of the carrier’s four squadrons failed to locate the Japanese fleet. The squadron which did locate the Japanese fleet carriers, Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8), was completely wiped-out during their attack without scoring a single hit (although their sacrifice did help enable the subsequently successful dive bomber attacks from the other two US carriers). Many of Hornet’s aircraft from the three surviving squadrons were unable to locate their carrier after the failed mission and either ditched in the ocean or barely managed to make it to and land on Midway. The aircraft which ditched in the ocean included 10 of Hornet’s fighter aircraft, leaving ten pilots floating
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