The U. S. Navy may point with well-earned pride to the history of the naval aviators who flew the night in World War II. The Black Cats, the Hunter-Killers, the Night Torpedo and attack pilots, and the Night Fighters, carrier and shore based, established a record which, pilot for pilot, was unexcelled in achievement or individual excellence in World War II. This gratifying matter notwithstanding, the story of night air combat in the U. S. Navy bears repeating since it is replete with lessons which could easily be learned at sickening cost in another war in a type of flying which is its natural descendant, all-weather air combat.
Development of Naval Night Fighters in World War II
By Commander James Seton Gray, Jr., U.S. Navy