A torpedo struck the front left side of the USS Midway. All around us Anti-Aircraft guns boomed.The lieutenant`s face was turning crimson in colour as he shouted at the deck hands to get us up in the air to fight Japanese fighters .
It was like a misty morning in summer on the carrier. Eventually we were in the the sky shooting down Japanese fighters. I knew the ship was in grave danger because she was listing to the the side the torpedo struck .
Suddenly I got hit by an enemy fighter – Flames were belching from the engine of my plane. All of a sudden my left wing flew off. I was tumbling down to the sea . Frantically I took off my harness,slid off the canopy and jumped out and yanked on the string – my parachute shot out. I looked down and saw my plane slam into the ocean.