World Battlefronts: The Hornet's Sting

When the Navy announced the sinking of the Hornet last week no mention was made of what she did to the enemy in her death throes. The story, as seen by one man:

In the pilots' ready room, just before the order to take off that day, Gus said: "This attack is going to separate the men from the boys."

Lieutenant Commander William J. ("Gus") Widhelm, U.S.N., was the skipper of Scouting Eight (dive-bombers) and the bigheart of the Hornet. Gus always kept five dollars in nickels so he could buy everybody cokes in the...

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