Navy Log (1957): S02E15 – Thach Weaves a Trap


Navy Log is an American drama anthology series that initially aired for one season on CBS.

It relates the greatest survival war stories in the history of the United States Navy. The series premiered in 1955, but the following year, it was moved to ABC, where it aired until 1958.


At the beginning of WWII Japan’s Zeros were know for their extraordinary performance. Aware of the shortcomings of the US Wildcat, John Thach, devised a tactic to give the Wildcat a even chance in combat. The tactic paired two fighters side-by-side, or pairs. When an enemy Zero went after one of the two, that US fighter baited the enemy into pursuit. The US fighter then crossed in front of his friendly companion with enemy in trail, his friend had a clean shot. If executed correctly, assuming the bait taken, left little chance of escape.

Navy Log Series

You can find a full index and overview of Navy Log here.

You can find a full index of Navy Log Series 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 23 January 1957.
  • Running Time: 22-24 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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