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Old December 7th 03, 02:55 AM
Bob
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I am researching the record of A. R. Stitzelberger, a distant relative, who
was a gunner in the Battle of Midway. According to the official battle
report the plane that he flew on the Enterprises' first sortie of the battle
was subsequently flown by two other pilots and gunners. Was it common for
planes to have multiple crews?

Thanks,

Bob


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Old December 7th 03, 12:38 PM
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Bob wrote:
I am researching the record of A. R. Stitzelberger, a distant
relative, who was a gunner in the Battle of Midway. According to the
official battle report the plane that he flew on the Enterprises'
first sortie of the battle was subsequently flown by two other pilots
and gunners. Was it common for planes to have multiple crews?


Squadrons almost always had more crews than planes. It would be unusual for
a pilot to fly the same plane all the time.

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Old December 8th 03, 03:04 AM
Joel Shepherd
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Bob wrote:
I am researching the record of A. R. Stitzelberger, a distant
relative...


If it's of interest:
http://www.cv6.org/noumea/default.asp?uri=detail/leam-img-z--8000004

"Stitz", as Jack Leaming called him, is in the center of the front row.

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