Photo #: 80-G-41686
Battle of Midway, June 1942
Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) TBD-1 aircraft are prepared for launching on USS Enterprise (CV-6) at about 0730-0740 hrs, 4 June 1942. Eleven of the fourteen TBDs launched from Enterprise are visible. Three more TBDs and ten F4F fighters must still be pushed into position before launching can begin.
The TBD in the left front is Number Two (Bureau # 1512), flown by Ensign Severin L. Rombach and Aviation Radioman 2nd Class W.F. Glenn. Along with eight other VT-6 aircraft, this plane and its crew were lost attacking Japanese aircraft carriers somewhat more than two hours later.
USS Pensacola (CA-24) is in the right distance and a destroyer is in plane guard position at left.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
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19 March 1999