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Yorktown's VT-5 Devastators missed with nine torpedoes.
After pleading in vain with his superior, Hornet Air Group commander Stanhope Ring, to change course, Waldron led the 15 Devastators of VT-8 out of formation at 8:25 and onto a course directly toward the Kido Butai.
VT-8 bore in on Soryu at wave-top altitude, its lumbering Devastators traveling at a mere 110 miles per hour.
Zeros swarmed over the 14 Devastators, which launched five torpedoes at Kaga, all of which missed.
The last Devastator left flying was piloted by Ensign George Gay.
The sacrifice of VT-8 and Lindsey's Devastators was not in vain; Nagumo's protecting Zeros were off their guard, hovering just above the sea fresh from their massacre of the low-flying torpedo bombers.
At 9:25, 15 Devastator torpedo bombers from the Hornet sniffed out their targets.
The threat is so great that Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, (home of the Navy's Mine Warfare Command), has an entire fleet of specialized ships like Devastator, helicopters and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel dedicated to hunting, sweeping and eliminating mines.
Not everyone can do it You have to have the right personality," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jimmy Rush, of USS Devastator.
Here's how a mine-like shape scenario might take place on an MCM like Devastator.
Willy," officially named the SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization Vehicle (MNV), carries video surveillance cameras that transmit real-time imagery to the MNV pilots back aboard Devastator.
Officers usually only have a two-year tour aboard Devastator, so there's no time to become proficient," said Mineman 2nd Class (SW) Ralph Kersey, an SLQ-48 mine neutralization vehicle (MNV) pilot.