Military & Aerospace History

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Former US Navy Chief Gunner’s Mate Henry “Hank” Kudzik, the last surviving crew member from the USS Nautilus (SS-168), shares his experience during the Battle of Midway during which his boat sank one of the Japanese aircraft carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor, as well as two other warships, with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian during a June 5, 2017, interview held in Arlington, Virginia. Between May 1942 and August 1945, Kudzik completed 14 war patrols, eight aboard Nautilus and six aboard USS Gar (SS-206).

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On May 22, 1968, the American nuclear attack submarine USS Scorpion, went missing with 99 men aboard on her way back to Norfolk, Virginia. Scorpion left New London, Connecticut, in February 1968 with a goal of reaching the Mediterranean Sea for a two-month European deployment, the Naval History and Heritage Command writes. However, they continue, she last radioed her position on May 21, 1968. She was lost southwest of the Azores, a group of islands about 950 miles west of mainland Portugal, on May 22, the US Navy reports.

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Kevin Billings, former assistant secretary of the US Air Force for installations, environment & logistics, and president & CEO of Legation Strategies, discusses the reconstitution of the Royal Air Force’s 601 Squadron and the legacy of unit pilot Billy Fiske during a May 4 interview with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in Washington. Fiske was a two-time US Olympian who enlisted in the RAF and was killed in action during WWII while serving with the unit.

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