Ensign Bill Brooks lined up his Avenger behind the tail of the column of Japanese battleships and released four depth bombs (which did little damage). He pushed his Avenger down to the water, and built speed for his exit, “just 50 feet above the wavetops.”
He knew he could no longer return to his carrier because, after he gave the alarm, it likely would “be fleeing under fire, probably to the south, zigzagging to dodge shells, out of the wind.” He headed for the open ocean.
Oh my bacon, this is such a good book. Even with such a vast cast of characters, James D. Hornfischer still manages to make the reader care about individuals involved in the drama.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.