Editor's Note: We received numerous responses to our question, "What's Wrong with This Picture?" on page 30 of the June 2002 issue, asking readers to identify the historical inaccuracies contained in the James Dietz painting, "TBDs at Midway" (below, top). How many historical inaccuracies can you find?
Below the Dietz painting is a more truthful rendering of Ensign George Gay's torpedo run at Midway by artist Jim Griffiths. The only complaint from the late George Gay, who saw the Griffiths painting at a 40th anniversary of Midway commemoration in Chicago, was that there was "not enough flak."
Our readers proved they know their stuff. Demonstrations of their knowledge are sampled here. —Ed.
Commander Thomas Buell, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)