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The following links were helpful to Bob in researching
and writing A Dawn Like Thunder. They would be of interest to
those readers seeking to learn more about Torpedo Squadron Eight, or the
Pacific battles they fought in between June 1942 and November 1942.
The Battle of Midway Roundtable
This is a site dedicated to the veterans of the Battle of
Midway. The web master is Ron Russell, and the site includes first person
accounts from many Midway combat veterans, both living and deceased. The
Roundtable is also committed to fostering ongoing research into every
aspect of the battle and its aftermath. http://midway42.org/
The Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC
The Naval Historical Center manages the Navy Department
Library, twelve Navy museums, art collections, archives, and an underwater
archaeology program. The Center prepares and publishes reference, documentary,
analytical, and narrative works on the history of the United States Navy.
The Cactus Air Force
This is a wonderful tribute Site to the Cactus Air Force
at Guadalcanal, which included Torpedo Squadron Eight from September to
November 1942. David Hanson is the web master. www.daveswarbirds.com/cactus/cactus.htm
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
An invaluable resource for millions of documents and photographs
related to the Pacific War. (www.archives.gov) This site will also provide
assistance in securing military service records from WWII. www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
George Gay Tribute Site
This is a website devoted to the memory of Ensign George
“Tex” Gay, one of the three survivors out of the forty-eight
airmen who flew with Torpedo Squadron Eight on June 4, 1942. The web master
is Ensign Gay’s grandson.
Bruce Harwood Tribute Site
This site is dedicated to the service of Lieutenant Commander
Bruce Harwood, who was awarded three Navy Crosses before being killed
in action aboard the USS Princeton in 1944.