Pre-battle Documents
CinCPac. Operation Plan 29-42 CinCPac. Letter. May 28, 1942 Cmdr PatWing 2. Memorandum Cmdr VP-44. Operation Plan CO 6th Def. Bn. Instruction
Action Reports
CinCPac. June 28, 1942 Cmdr TF 16. June 16, 1942 Cmdr TF 17. June 14, 1942 CO CV-5. June 18, 1942 CO CV-6. June 8,  1942 CO CV-6. June 13, 1942 CO CV-8. June 13, 1942 Cmdr VB-3. June 10, 1942 Cmdr VS-5. June 7,  1942 Cmdr VB-6. June 10, 1942 Cmdr VS-6. June 20, 1942 CO NAS Midway. June 18, 1942 OO NAS Midway. June 15, 1942 CO 6th Def.Bn. June 13, 1942 CO MAG-22. June 7, 1942 XO MAG-22. June 7, 1942 CO VMF-221. June 6, 1942 CO VMSB-241. June 12, 1942
War Diaries, Logs
NAS Midway. May 1942 NAS Midway. June 1942 CV-6 War Diary. June 1942 CV-8 Deck Logs. June 1942
Early Researches
ONI Combat Narratives, 1943 The Japanese Story, 1947 Naval War College, 1948
  Commander, Patrol Squadron 44. Operation Plan. June 1, 1942
 
CONFIDENTIAL June 1, 1942


OPERATION PLAN FOR MIDWAY AREA


1.  The flight organizations listed below are effective until
further notice.

 

     (a) FLIGHT 58 (Patron 23) - 
(b) FLIGHT 55 (Patron 44) -
(c) FLIGHT 91 (6 - Bl7's) -
(d) FLIGHT 93 (9 - Bl7's) -



(e) FLIGHT 85 (12 SB2U's) -
(f) PLIGHT 95 (4 B26's  ) -
(g) FLIGHT 88 (6 TBF's)   -
(h) MARINE FIGHTERS
(i) FLIGHT 86 (9 SBD's)   -
(j) FLIGHT 87 (9 SBD's)   -
SEARCH.
   "
TAKE OFF FOR OAHU 2 June.
(BOMBERS OFF AT 0430 to Pearl &  )
(Hemes Reef, then to MIDWAY, then)
(for 200 miles on 265° T. and re-)
(turn.                           )
DIVE BOMBERS.
TORPEDOES, 550 mile radius.
  "     "  300 mile radius.

DIVE BOMBERS.
  "     "

 

2.  These flight numbers will identify groups in the air or on the air. The usual calls, SAMPLES:- OV 58 Compatron 23. -- 3V 58 No. 3 plane in V58 Flight and V58 all VP-23 planes apply.
    Be alert to decode any despatches received.

 

3.  Frequencies are the same as paragraph 4 of DOCTRINE, i.e.

 

  Army & Navy planes:     Primary 4265

                        Secondary 4325; marine planes voice

  3765 until action begins, then shift to 6010 with 7700 as

  secondary.

 

         Authentication:   Patrol planes use authenticator in force.
Other aircraft use PARIER IN THE DELL.
(Two alternate letters) i.e. RE or EL or NH
If you call any aircraft other than patrol
planes, use PARIER IN THE DELL for authen-
tication.

 

4.  In event contact is made by a patrol plane with CV's or Main Body, adjacent planes continue on search for a distance discretionary with patrol plane commander, depending on distance out, fuel aboard and other factors of up to 80 miles, and then head for contact point to obtain additional information. Remaining planes continue search, if all main objectives have not been located. Discontinue search in time to reach ALTERNATVE landing area before dark and with reserve of fuel remaining.

 

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5.  Unless other instructions are received by radio the following policy will govern any Patron 44 plane out on search when an air raid is in progress at MIDWAY:

 

 

    (a)   If plane is over 500 miles out
Conserve fuel and proceed to lee of LAYSAN, land, refuel
and await instructions.

    (b) If plane is less than 300 miles out, an air raid is in
progress, or contact with objective has been made within
200 miles of MIDWAY, proceed to LAYSON avoiding scene of
contact.

    (c) The individual Patrol Plane Commander will of necessity be
the final authority on his best retirement procedure, once
the contact has been developed.

    (d) Alternate landing and fueling areas are at LAYSAN, LISIANSKI,
GARDNER PINNACLES and NECKER ISLAND. A YP should be anchored
in lee of each island with fuel.

 

6.  Guard CW - Voice Frequency receivers for instructions

 

 


R. C. BRIXNER             
Lieut. Comdr., USN.,      
Commander, Patrol Squadron
FORTY FOUR.