Sunday, October 11, 2009

PDP #114: From the Roof, Dauntless

Chicago Midway International Airport, the city's second international airport behind O'Hare and the one I flew into and out of earlier this month, was named such in 1949 in honor of the American victory at the Battle of Midway. Midway was one of those "unlikely victories," highly dependent on unusual and time-sensitive circumstances like the distracted Japanese fighter cover, the dive-bombers from Enterprise and Yorktown discovering the Japanese carrier force at just the right time, and so on. One of those dive-bombers, an SBD Dauntless, now hangs from the roof at Chicago Midway International Airport on the way Concourse A. It's the centerpiece of a memorial to the battle, the only one I can ever recall seeing.

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