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  • John Thach—–(American…

    John Thach—–(American
    1905-1981) In his early career, John Thach became an expert in aerial gunnery, and this sort of excellence meant he was often kept grounded to train other pilots, rather than be risked himself. This explains his relatively low numbers. Thach is perhaps best known for developing a flight formation known as the Thach Weave, which enabled American pilots to hold their own against superior Japanese aircraft, as well as creating a defense known as the Big Blue Blanket, whic