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Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 4:43:10 PM   
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http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2012-05/mitscher-and-mystery-midway?utm_source=U.S.+Naval+Institute&utm_campaign=3d3e91e540-June_2012_Newsletter&utm_medium=email

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 5:14:16 PM   
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Thanks Dili, great catch. Reading the "comments" it is clear that the controversy still hits people hard! Hal

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 5:22:14 PM   
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Great article. Thanks for posting, Dili.

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 6:13:51 PM   
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Thought provoking article, thanks for posting it.

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 6:20:31 PM   
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Dang. I still learn something new.

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 8:01:33 PM   
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Interesting read. If the account is accurate, Mitscher did face a dilemma when writing up his report.

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 8:18:07 PM   
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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 8:39:30 PM   
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Hi all,

Interesting...


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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 8:44:43 PM   
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Symonds Midway book is a good one. I'd recommend it as it gives a more detailed accounting of the US side of the battle.

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 9:16:29 PM   
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It makes perfect sense why Mitscher would write his report the way he did. Assuming the author is correct.

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 9:29:40 PM   
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I am presuming from my years of lurking there are at least 2 people on here who might be considered experts
on the Pacific War and USN Ops therein. I has a question: to wit "What is/was the Magnetic Deviation Error at Midway in June 1942?"
Right here right now it is 21 degrees East.
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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 9:36:27 PM   
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ORIGINAL: danlongman

I am presuming from my years of lurking there are at least 2 people on here who might be considered experts
on the Pacific War and USN Ops therein. I has a question: to wit "What is/was the Magnetic Deviation Error at Midway in June 1942?"
Right here right now it is 21 degrees East.
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The magnetic variation was 7 degrees east.

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 9:56:03 PM   
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Thank you. Even today modern Jet liners make occasional embarassing errors with that.
However that is not big enough to add anything to the discussion.
I have been involved in incidents where Pilots made very clear errors between Magnetic and True
(if the glove fits) and just plain lied about it. Like accidentally calling your teacher "Mommy".
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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/8/2012 10:52:39 PM   
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interesting article, thanks for sharing Dili

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/9/2012 8:33:48 AM   
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Thanks Dili - that was a very interesting article. So if that is true then either way the brave Waldron was doomed...he found the Japanese and perished but had he failed to find them and survived he would have been charged with mutiny....

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RE: Mitscher and the mystery of Midway - 6/9/2012 10:17:52 AM   
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One can read Admiral Mitscher's report itself in the raw and compare it to the reports of many of the other commanders (ships, squadrons, task forces and surviving flyers from the nearly wiped out torpedo squadrons) in their official after action reports at:

http://www.midway42.org/reports.html

(this page is just the index with clickable links to the AARs)

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