Battle of Midway (1942)
One of the most important battles of World War II proved to be a turning point of the War in the Pacific
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- Task Force 16
- Task Force 17
- Japanese fleet
Events of the battle
Stage 1 (06:20, 4 June 1942)
A group of 108 Japanese planes attacked the airfields on the Midway Islands. 16 American planes were destroyed, and the airfields were severely damaged but remained functional.
Stage 2 (09:30, 4 June 1942)
The Japanese aircraft carriers were attacked by 177 planes from Task Force 16 and 35 planes from Task Force 17. Japanese planes severely damaged the attacking units.
Stage 3 (10:15, 4 June 1942)
In the second wave of American attacks, 55 dive bombers successfully attacked the Japanese carriers Akagi, Kaga and Soryu.
Stage 4 (12:20, 4 June 1942)
The Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu launched a counterattack with its remaining planes. The Yorktown was seriously damaged, and was sunk by a Japanese submarine 2 days later.
Stage 5 (17:00, 4 June 1942)
40 planes launched from the carriers Enterprise and Hornet attacked and destroyed the Hiryu.
Stage 6 (5 June 1942)
The Japanese fleet was forced to retreat after suffering serious losses.
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