A Dawn Like Thunder
Tornado Squadron EightA Dawn Like ThunderRobert J. MrazekWorld War II Navy PilotsBattle of Midway


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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. www.history.navy.mil

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.


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