Today marks the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which was fought 4-6 June 1942. It was the turning point in WWII in the Pacific. In April, the United States and Japan had fought an inclusive battle in the Coral Sea. The Japanese hoped that the Battle of Midway would serve as the knockout punch for the American Navy.
One of the many factors that helped the American Navy win the Battle of Midway was the attack of Devastator torpedo bombers
Meanwhile, a wave of U.S. Devastator torpedo bombers from the U.S. carriers Hornet and Enterprise arrived to attack the Japanese ships. Unescorted by fighter planes, nearly all of them were shot down by Japanese Zero fighters. But about an hour later, as the Japanese refueled and rearmed their planes, another wave of U.S. carrier-launched bombers struck, hitting three Japanese carriers—Akagi, Kaga and Soryu—and setting them ablaze.
Popular culture has ENS George Gay Jr. as the sole survivor of that attack, but two other naval personnel also survived.