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PostIcon Posted on: Apr. 16 2001,1:00   Ignore posts   QUOTE

Aloha All,
A few know that the USS Enterprise was about 200 miles west of Oahu when the attack started. Some may read about the 18 SBD dive bombers that flew a search mission ahead of the fleet then were to land at Ford Island on completion only to have "flown into war" and a third of them were shot down.

However, the task force participated in the search for the Japanese carriers. The USS Salt Lake City, USS Chester, and USS Northampton launched two SOC observation planes each. The pair from USS Northampton were attacked north of Kauai Island by a Zero fighter that did not know about going low and slow with reconn planes! All three planes were damaged and survived.
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