Division - VS-6 at Midway - June 4, 1942
division of SBD-3 Dauntless divebombers of USS ENTERPRISE'S VS-6, led by
Lt. Charles Rollins
Ware, is portrayed in this image.
VS-6 had just successfully attacked the
KAGA, and are seen here heading home.
The SBD in the background is S-5 (03224),
Ens.Frank Woodrow O'Flaherty with gunner Bruno Peter Gaido AMM1c, and they have just
run out of
due to battle damage and are descending to a water landing. They would
later be picked
up by the Japanese destroyer MAKIGUMO, and ultimately executed.
- (03206) Lt. Charles Rollins Ware and William Henry Stambaugh AMM1c
- (03225) Ens. James Arnold Shelton and David Bruce Craig RM3
- (4600) Ens. Carl David Peiffer and Frederick Charles Jeck ARM3c
- (4615) Ens. John Reginald McCarthy and Earl Edward Howell ARM2c
- (4612) Ens. John Cady Lough and Louis Dale Hansen RM3c
SBD's are formed up to repel an attack by a group of Zeroes from HIRYU,
on their way to
the YORKTOWN. Not only did the Zeroes fail to score but two of the six
had to return to
because of battle damage. The fighting and evasion tactics of Ware's Division
fuel which would be needed to get home.
McCarthy and Howell in S-15 ever found their way back, ditching
near the US Fleet. Ware had
led his charges through fighter attacks after the bombing of KAGA, only
the others in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
Naval Academy picture of
Charles R. Ware
ENS J.A. Shelton
B.F. Gaido AMM1c E.E. Howell RM2c (L) D.W. Craig RM3c (R) W.H. Stambaugh ARM1c
L.D. Hansen RM2c (left and below)
Thanks to Mark Horan, for the details of this little known Battle of Midway
story, and all
other generous help, to Frank Biondo of the USS Charles R. Ware DD865 Newsletter
to the USS Enterprise website - www.cv6.org for photos.