Behind the Scenes of The Fighting Lady
Major Norman T. Hatch, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
On sailing through the February issue of Naval History I read “On Our Scope” (p. 4) about The Fighting Lady, a film about a noble ship—the Yorktown (CV-10). You wrote that the Navy made the film but that is not exactly correct.
I was a Marine cinematographer for the Corps in the Pacific during Tarawa and Iwo Jima. I was working on some equipment problems when I ran into two Navy pilots who had a considerable amount of 16-mm color film of naval air activities on board carriers and in flight. They were trying to get approval from the higher staff to let them make a motion picture for the public but were getting nowhere.