Rich, Much thanks for the info on Downing. He was my dad's roommate on the Yorktown - both were in VS-5 - so I am interested in doing some bio on Art as part of my dad's story. I have his 3rd Navy Cross citation but I believe there are mistakes in the citation. He was in VB-14 on the WASP at the time and CO of the squadron during the Leyte Gulf Battle. The Yamato was hit a day or two after the Musashi was sunk and retired to Japan for repairs. Then she was sunk in April 45. Downing's daughter reports that Art's rear seat man took pictures of Art's TWO hits on the Yamato. But I am still not sure if this refers to the first hits at Leyte or the hits later in April. I have no knowledge yet of him ever in VB-18. Art's Carrier Hall of Fame write up also credits Art with the first hit on the Yamato, but, again, no reference as to when this occurred. Anything you can dig up on Art would be most appreciated by us all! Info on Art is most elusive for such a highly decorated man and a fabulous pilot.