PBY-5A Catalina, Ens. Jack Reid, VP-44, Battle of Midway, June 1942

VP-44 played a major role in the battle of Midway, notably by detecting the Japanese invasion fleet while it was still 700 miles from the American atoll. Ensign Jack Reid and his crew were the first to detect the Japanese ships on 3 June 1942.

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Patrol Squadron 44

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina BuNo 04982 callsign 8V55
commanded by Ensign Jack “Jewel” Reid
VP-44 “Golden Pelicans”, United States Navy
Midway, June 1942

VP-44 transferred to Midway Island to provide combat patrols on May 22, 1942. There were 32 Catalinas at Midway awaiting the arrival of the Japanese due to decoded intercepts detailing their plans to attack Midway. Sector searches were flown out to 700 miles from Midway commencing at 04:15 each morning. The squadrons were handicapped at this stage of the war by the lack of radar on the aircraft. On 3 June, Ensign Reid and his crew were the first to spot the approaching Japanese task force. On the night of 3–4 June, four squadron aircraft conducted an attack with obsolete Mark 13 torpedoes on a portion of the Japanese task force, causing damage to the Japanese tanker Akebono Maru. On 6 June, Lt(jg) R. S. Whitman and his crew were attacked by three Japanese floatplanes and forced down. Whitman and ACRM C. Adams were killed in the attack. The aircraft was successfully ditched by the copilot, Ensign L. H. Camp, who then died of his wounds. AMM1c Virgil R. Marsh remained in the burning Catalina while his crew exited the sinking aircraft, holding off the attacking Japanese aircraft. The survivors were picked up later that day. The squadron returned to Pearl Harbor on 9 June.

Artist: Gaëtan Marie

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