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No more mistakes?

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Oct 21, 2017 in Fun & Humor ☻ by TheOtherTink (21,080 points)

A Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific theater of WW2 named Smith was having a terrible time of it.  He had wrecked two of his planes while attempting to land on the aircraft carrier, and he had not yet shot down any enemy planes. He was called to the bridge for a dressing down by the Captain.

"Look," the Captain roared, "because we're short on fighter pilots, I'm going to give you another plane and one last chance to redeem yourself. But if you screw up again, you're going to be swabbing decks for the rest of your naval career! "

With the Captain's words still burning his ears, Smith takes off again to look for enemy planes. After flying through a thick bank of clouds, he suddenly sees a squadron of Japanese Zeros. With consummate skill, Smith throttles his plane forward, and with a series of deft maneuvers, shoots down 5 Zeros in as many minutes. The rest of the Japanese squadron flees in disarray. Smith, now running low on fuel, turns and heads back towards the carrier.

After flying through the thick bank of clouds, he spots the ship and does a perfect landing on the deck. Smith jumps out of his plane and runs up to the bridge of the carrier, yelling, "Captain, CaptainI shot down 5 ZerosI'm an aceAnd I made a perfect landing on deck, no mistakes at all! "

The Captain replies, "Ahh, so, Yank. I think you make one little mistake."

3 Answers

Marianne Oct 22, 2017

Confused - err - what was the "little" mistake?

He flew alone, the captain called him "Yank", and wasn't he expected to fly with a squadron? What are the rules for Navy fighters in this case?

Did he shoot the wrong "zeros"? And what's about this thick bank of clouds?

Or was there something wrong with taking off or with the landing?


TheOtherTink Marianne Oct 23, 2017

LOL, Marianne, yes, he landed on a Japanese carrier by mistake.  :D

Marianne Marianne Oct 23, 2017

Lol, T(h)ink, wait a minute: wouldn't have the Japanese guards on board arrested him right at the momrnt, in which he got out of the plane?


Rooster Oct 22, 2017

Yes, he would have been in a formation and at least had a wingman. The "Yank" part was probably Japanese and he landed on one of their carriers unless ir was late in the war and the British had some in the Pacific but the aah so, gives it away. Few planes in WW2 had radar so it was just a mistake.

The "Zero" was a very distinctive plane and was the best fighter in the skies till about 43 when our tech caught up and produced the "Hellcat".

But the pilot also wouldn't have reported to the Captain. He would have reported to the C.A.G. instead who was responsible for all aircraft and pilots on a Carrier.

Nice joke Tink! Just a little off on the facts! LOL  :D :D :D


Marianne Rooster Oct 22, 2017

Lol, Rooster, that explains several questions; I was also wondering about the wrong ship - perhaps a British carrier ?

On a Japanese ship, he would have been stopped by the Japanese crew right when getting out of the plane.


TheOtherTink Rooster Oct 23, 2017

Um... well, Rooster, I forgot to mention that Smith got separated from the rest of his formation (and the C.A.G., who was leading the formation) in the thick cloud bank, so that's how he had to face the Zeros all by himself.  He then figured he was the first to have returned to the carrier, and so went dashing up to see the Captain to report.  :D :ermm: :ermm: :D

TheOtherTink Rooster Oct 23, 2017

@ Marianne, I forgot to mention that because he landed so skillfully, the Japanese crew thought he was a Japanese pilot disguised as an American (for spy purposes), and so did not stop him.  :D :ermm: :ermm: :D

Marianne Rooster Oct 23, 2017

Lol, T(h)ink - oh, I see.


TheOtherTink Rooster Oct 24, 2017

There's always an explanation for everything, Marianne.  :ermm: :angel: :) :D

Marianne Rooster Oct 25, 2017

Lol, T(h)ink, of course - there is always an explanation; your last argument about the Japanese spying pilot disguised as an American could inspire quite a few hilarious stories.


Virginia Oct 25, 2017

O'Tink, is this a true story? Did that ever actually happen...oh, no!

TheOtherTink Virginia Oct 25, 2017

No, Virginia, I don't think it really happened.  :)

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