Wake Island Thompsons
Posted 11 January 2005 - 11:13 PM
While most of the Marines were equipped with Springfields, Many of the Marine Aviators of VMF 211 were equipped with Thompsons and BARs. Admittedly references to the Thompson are minimal but this passage is a highlight:
"Enraged by the loss of Sorenson and others around him, Captain Henry Elrod also jumped in front of the advancing invaders, swinging a stuttering tommy gun and blazing away wildly from the hip. When one of his burst cut a Japanese machine gunner in half, he coolly handed his weapon to one of his fellow Marines, jerked up the enemy gun and continued to fight"
Captain Henry "Hammering Hank" Elrod had previously sunk the destroyer Kirasagi on Dec. 11th with two, 100 pound bombs from his Hellcat. He was later killed in the fighting and was the first Marine Aviator of WW2 awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously.
Sloan refers to the "tommy gun" with a lower case T. I find that disrepectful though I'm sure none was intended. I'd love to see a remake of this battle with the accuracy thrown in.
Posted 12 January 2005 - 01:56 AM
|Elrod had previously sunk the destroyer Kirasagi on Dec. 11th with two, 100 pound bombs from his Hellcat|
The Hellcat had not been put into service yet. Hank Elrod was flying an F4F-3 Wildcat. For a guy that's using a Corsair for an avatar you should know this stuff bud.. Here's Elrod's Wildcat :
|Wrecked Grumman F4F-3 "Wildcat" fighters of Marine Fighting Squadron 211 (VMF-211), photographed by by the Wake airstrip sometime after the Japanese captured the island on 23 December 1941.|
There appear to be at least seven F4Fs in this group. The plane in the foreground, "211-F-11" was flown by Captain Henry T. Elrod during the 11 December attacks that sank the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi. Damaged beyond repair at that time, "211-F-11" was subsequently used as a source of parts to keep other planes operational
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