Monday, December 7, 2015

A Dauntless Collides With a Val

A Dauntless Collides With a Val A pair of enemy planes apparently collided on the morning of December 7, 1941 – reports from the scene at the time suggest they also crashed at the same spot on the ʻEwa Plain. A ‘Dauntless’ manned by Ensign John HL Vogt (pilot) and Third Class Sidney Pierce (radioman-gunner) became separated from his section leader during the Pearl-bound flight in from the carrier; a Japanese ‘Val’ was manned by Petty Officer 2nd Class Koreyoshi Toyama (Sotoyama) (pilot) and Flier 1st Class Hajime Murao. Neither of these planes made it back to their respective ships.

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