From: Chehalis, WA
The Midway episode said that McClusky was a fighter pilot but was flying an SBD on the fateful day. Is this true?
I know that everything on the HC is gospel but I had never heard this before.
McClusky was the skipper of VF-6 until 21 March 1942 when he fleeted up to command Enterprise's Air Group. From then on, he was no longer a fighter jock. As such, he flew lead in the air strikes at Midway in SBDs.
BTW, he commanded the CVE Corregidor later in the war.
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