OT: Another American hero passes on

Norman "Dusty" Kleiss was just 26 when he took off almost 74 years ago in his Douglas bomber from the carrier Enterprise, near Midway. A short time later, he delivered the second successful hit on the Japanese carrier Kaga, with a 500 lb bomb, sending it to the bottom of the Pacific. Climbing out, his plane was attacked by a Zero, his gunner, shot it down. Returning to the Enterprise, he had time for a sandwich and a quick nap, then took off again. This time he delivered a 500 lb bomb onto the carrier Hiryu, it too sank. In one morning he was key in sinking two Japanese carriers and one Zero. The Japanese lost 4 carriers in one morning, all they had in that huge invasion fleet, which turned around and headed home. It was a setback they never recovered from. The American force was a fraction of what the Japanese had that day. Kleiss was the last of the living dive bomber pilots from the Battle of Midway.

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