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(8/12) Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 8 (GDH)
Videos Running Time 01:55:00 in 12 Parts Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 7 (GDH) This episode of \"Battlefield\" chronicles The U.S. Navys triumph over the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at Leyte Gulf. The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted in 4 battles extending from Surigao Strait to Cape Engano. The U.S. Navys 7th Fleets main task was to support and land the U.S. 6th Army at Tacloban beach in Leyte Gulf. The 7th Fleet (Kinkaid) consisted of: transports, destroyers cruisers, old battleships and escort carriers. Protecting 7th Fleet was the massive U.S. Navys 3rd Fleet. Third Fleets task was too attack any Japanese Fleet presence and destroy Japanese land based air power. A huge Japanese armada, the IJN Central Force (Kurita), was spotted by American reconnaissance planes, attempting to enter Leyte Gulf through the Sibuyan Sea. This fleet was attacked by the 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft. The 68,000 ton super battleship Musashi was sunk in this battle. (GDH) While the 3rd Fleet (Halsey) was attacking the IJN Central Force, the IJN Southern Force (Shima and Nishimura) was attempting to enter Leyte Gulf, from the southern route, through Surigao Strait. The Southern Force was, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. In perhaps the most successful U.S. Navy torpedo attack in history, U.S. destroyers settled the Battle of Surigao Strait before any American battleships began firing. Third Fleet believed that the IJN Central Force was in full retreat from the Philippines. However, Central Force had reversed direction and was attempting to re-enter Leyte Gulf. This Japanese plan succeeded and the Central Force began attacking elements of the escort carrier force in Leyte Gulf off Samar (Taffy 1, 2, 3). The Japanese attack was completely disorganized. Small U.S. Navy escort destroyer attacks through the whole Japanese fleet into confusion. The Central Force retreated thinking that larger American forces heard the desperate pleas from the Taffy carriers and were fast approaching the area. The U.S. escort destroyers incredible bravery saved many lives during this lopsided engagement. The IJN Northern Force (Ozawa) was a diversionary force. The IJN plan to lure 3rd Fleet from supporting 7th Fleet had completely succeeded. This force was decimated by 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft off Cape Engano. Leyte Gulf was an American victory. However, the mistakes made by American commanders clearly indicated the short comings, of the political decision, of not having an overall commander in chief of the invasion of the Philippines.(GDH) Enjoy this excellent episode of Battlefield. (GDH)
Date: 2009-07-27 10:01:00 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7514 - Votes: 0 - Rating: 0
 
(9/12) Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 8 (GDH)
Videos Running Time 01:55:00 in 12 Parts Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 7 (GDH) This episode of \"Battlefield\" chronicles The U.S. Navys triumph over the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at Leyte Gulf. The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted in 4 battles extending from Surigao Strait to Cape Engano. The U.S. Navys 7th Fleets main task was to support and land the U.S. 6th Army at Tacloban beach in Leyte Gulf. The 7th Fleet (Kinkaid) consisted of: transports, destroyers cruisers, old battleships and escort carriers. Protecting 7th Fleet was the massive U.S. Navys 3rd Fleet. Third Fleets task was too attack any Japanese Fleet presence and destroy Japanese land based air power. A huge Japanese armada, the IJN Central Force (Kurita), was spotted by American reconnaissance planes, attempting to enter Leyte Gulf through the Sibuyan Sea. This fleet was attacked by the 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft. The 68,000 ton super battleship Musashi was sunk in this battle. (GDH) While the 3rd Fleet (Halsey) was attacking the IJN Central Force, the IJN Southern Force (Shima and Nishimura) was attempting to enter Leyte Gulf, from the southern route, through Surigao Strait. The Southern Force was, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. In perhaps the most successful U.S. Navy torpedo attack in history, U.S. destroyers settled the Battle of Surigao Strait before any American battleships began firing. Third Fleet believed that the IJN Central Force was in full retreat from the Philippines. However, Central Force had reversed direction and was attempting to re-enter Leyte Gulf. This Japanese plan succeeded and the Central Force began attacking elements of the escort carrier force in Leyte Gulf off Samar (Taffy 1, 2, 3). The Japanese attack was completely disorganized. Small U.S. Navy escort destroyer attacks through the whole Japanese fleet into confusion. The Central Force retreated thinking that larger American forces heard the desperate pleas from the Taffy carriers and were fast approaching the area. The U.S. escort destroyers incredible bravery saved many lives during this lopsided engagement. The IJN Northern Force (Ozawa) was a diversionary force. The IJN plan to lure 3rd Fleet from supporting 7th Fleet had completely succeeded. This force was decimated by 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft off Cape Engano. Leyte Gulf was an American victory. However, the mistakes made by American commanders clearly indicated the short comings, of the political decision, of not having an overall commander in chief of the invasion of the Philippines.(GDH) Enjoy this excellent episode of Battlefield. (GDH)
Date: 2009-07-27 10:00:28 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7536 - Votes: 0 - Rating: 0
 
(10/12) Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 8 (GDH)
Videos Running Time 01:55:00 in 12 Parts Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 7 (GDH) This episode of \"Battlefield\" chronicles The U.S. Navys triumph over the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at Leyte Gulf. The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted in 4 battles extending from Surigao Strait to Cape Engano. The U.S. Navys 7th Fleets main task was to support and land the U.S. 6th Army at Tacloban beach in Leyte Gulf. The 7th Fleet (Kinkaid) consisted of: transports, destroyers cruisers, old battleships and escort carriers. Protecting 7th Fleet was the massive U.S. Navys 3rd Fleet. Third Fleets task was too attack any Japanese Fleet presence and destroy Japanese land based air power. A huge Japanese armada, the IJN Central Force (Kurita), was spotted by American reconnaissance planes, attempting to enter Leyte Gulf through the Sibuyan Sea. This fleet was attacked by the 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft. The 68,000 ton super battleship Musashi was sunk in this battle. (GDH) While the 3rd Fleet (Halsey) was attacking the IJN Central Force, the IJN Southern Force (Shima and Nishimura) was attempting to enter Leyte Gulf, from the southern route, through Surigao Strait. The Southern Force was, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. In perhaps the most successful U.S. Navy torpedo attack in history, U.S. destroyers settled the Battle of Surigao Strait before any American battleships began firing. Third Fleet believed that the IJN Central Force was in full retreat from the Philippines. However, Central Force had reversed direction and was attempting to re-enter Leyte Gulf. This Japanese plan succeeded and the Central Force began attacking elements of the escort carrier force in Leyte Gulf off Samar (Taffy 1, 2, 3). The Japanese attack was completely disorganized. Small U.S. Navy escort destroyer attacks through the whole Japanese fleet into confusion. The Central Force retreated thinking that larger American forces heard the desperate pleas from the Taffy carriers and were fast approaching the area. The U.S. escort destroyers incredible bravery saved many lives during this lopsided engagement. The IJN Northern Force (Ozawa) was a diversionary force. The IJN plan to lure 3rd Fleet from supporting 7th Fleet had completely succeeded. This force was decimated by 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft off Cape Engano. Leyte Gulf was an American victory. However, the mistakes made by American commanders clearly indicated the short comings, of the political decision, of not having an overall commander in chief of the invasion of the Philippines.(GDH) Enjoy this excellent episode of Battlefield. (GDH)
Date: 2009-07-27 09:59:55 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7567 - Votes: 0 - Rating: 0
 
(11/12) Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 8 (GDH)
Videos Running Time 01:55:00 in 12 Parts Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 7 (GDH) This episode of \"Battlefield\" chronicles The U.S. Navys triumph over the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at Leyte Gulf. The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted in 4 battles extending from Surigao Strait to Cape Engano. The U.S. Navys 7th Fleets main task was to support and land the U.S. 6th Army at Tacloban beach in Leyte Gulf. The 7th Fleet (Kinkaid) consisted of: transports, destroyers cruisers, old battleships and escort carriers. Protecting 7th Fleet was the massive U.S. Navys 3rd Fleet. Third Fleets task was too attack any Japanese Fleet presence and destroy Japanese land based air power. A huge Japanese armada, the IJN Central Force (Kurita), was spotted by American reconnaissance planes, attempting to enter Leyte Gulf through the Sibuyan Sea. This fleet was attacked by the 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft. The 68,000 ton super battleship Musashi was sunk in this battle. (GDH) While the 3rd Fleet (Halsey) was attacking the IJN Central Force, the IJN Southern Force (Shima and Nishimura) was attempting to enter Leyte Gulf, from the southern route, through Surigao Strait. The Southern Force was, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. In perhaps the most successful U.S. Navy torpedo attack in history, U.S. destroyers settled the Battle of Surigao Strait before any American battleships began firing. Third Fleet believed that the IJN Central Force was in full retreat from the Philippines. However, Central Force had reversed direction and was attempting to re-enter Leyte Gulf. This Japanese plan succeeded and the Central Force began attacking elements of the escort carrier force in Leyte Gulf off Samar (Taffy 1, 2, 3). The Japanese attack was completely disorganized. Small U.S. Navy escort destroyer attacks through the whole Japanese fleet into confusion. The Central Force retreated thinking that larger American forces heard the desperate pleas from the Taffy carriers and were fast approaching the area. The U.S. escort destroyers incredible bravery saved many lives during this lopsided engagement. The IJN Northern Force (Ozawa) was a diversionary force. The IJN plan to lure 3rd Fleet from supporting 7th Fleet had completely succeeded. This force was decimated by 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft off Cape Engano. Leyte Gulf was an American victory. However, the mistakes made by American commanders clearly indicated the short comings, of the political decision, of not having an overall commander in chief of the invasion of the Philippines.(GDH) Enjoy this excellent episode of Battlefield. (GDH)
Date: 2009-07-27 09:59:17 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7565 - Votes: 0 - Rating: 0
 
(12/12) Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 8 (GDH)
Videos Running Time 01:55:00 in 12 Parts Battlefield I The Battle of Leyte Gulf Episode 7 (GDH) This episode of \"Battlefield\" chronicles The U.S. Navys triumph over the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at Leyte Gulf. The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted in 4 battles extending from Surigao Strait to Cape Engano. The U.S. Navys 7th Fleets main task was to support and land the U.S. 6th Army at Tacloban beach in Leyte Gulf. The 7th Fleet (Kinkaid) consisted of: transports, destroyers cruisers, old battleships and escort carriers. Protecting 7th Fleet was the massive U.S. Navys 3rd Fleet. Third Fleets task was too attack any Japanese Fleet presence and destroy Japanese land based air power. A huge Japanese armada, the IJN Central Force (Kurita), was spotted by American reconnaissance planes, attempting to enter Leyte Gulf through the Sibuyan Sea. This fleet was attacked by the 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft. The 68,000 ton super battleship Musashi was sunk in this battle. (GDH) While the 3rd Fleet (Halsey) was attacking the IJN Central Force, the IJN Southern Force (Shima and Nishimura) was attempting to enter Leyte Gulf, from the southern route, through Surigao Strait. The Southern Force was, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. In perhaps the most successful U.S. Navy torpedo attack in history, U.S. destroyers settled the Battle of Surigao Strait before any American battleships began firing. Third Fleet believed that the IJN Central Force was in full retreat from the Philippines. However, Central Force had reversed direction and was attempting to re-enter Leyte Gulf. This Japanese plan succeeded and the Central Force began attacking elements of the escort carrier force in Leyte Gulf off Samar (Taffy 1, 2, 3). The Japanese attack was completely disorganized. Small U.S. Navy escort destroyer attacks through the whole Japanese fleet into confusion. The Central Force retreated thinking that larger American forces heard the desperate pleas from the Taffy carriers and were fast approaching the area. The U.S. escort destroyers incredible bravery saved many lives during this lopsided engagement. The IJN Northern Force (Ozawa) was a diversionary force. The IJN plan to lure 3rd Fleet from supporting 7th Fleet had completely succeeded. This force was decimated by 3rd Fleets carrier aircraft off Cape Engano. Leyte Gulf was an American victory. However, the mistakes made by American commanders clearly indicated the short comings, of the political decision, of not having an overall commander in chief of the invasion of the Philippines.(GDH) Enjoy this excellent episode of Battlefield. (GDH)
Date: 2009-07-27 09:58:18 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7472 - Votes: 0 - Rating: 0
 
WWII MARINE GUY GABALDON VISITS TINIAN ATOMIC BOMB PITS
Guy Gabaldon fought as a 17 year old Marine in Saipan during WWII and returned in 1980 where he lived for the next 20 years. In 1987 he flew his Dehavilland Beaver to the Atomic Bomb Pits on the island of Tinian.
Date: 2009-07-26 12:16:35 - Added by: EST_PL
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(12/12) Battlefield I: The Battle of Midway Episode 4 (GDH)
Just after midnight on 4 June, Admiral Nimitz, based on patrol plane reports, advised Task Forces 16 and 17 of the course and speed of the Japanese \"main body,\" also noting their distance of 574 miles from Midway. Shortly after dawn, a patrol plane spotted two Japanese carriers and their escorts, reporting \"Many planes heading Midway from 320 degrees distant 150 miles!\" The first attack on 4 June, however, took place when the four night-flying PBYs attacked the Japanese transports northwest of Midway with one PBY torpedoing fleet tanker Akebono Maru. Later that morning, at roughly 0630, Aichi D3A (\"Val\") carrier bombers and Nakajima B5N (\"Kate\") torpedo planes, supported by numerous fighters (\"Zekes\"), bombed Midway Island installations. Although defending U.S. Marine Corps Brewster F2A (\"Buffalo\") and Grumman F4F (\"Wildcat\") fighters suffered disastrous losses, losing 17 of 26 aloft, the Japanese only inflicted slight damage to the facilities on Midway. Motor Torpedo Boat PT-25 was also damaged by strafing in Midway lagoon. Over the next two hours, Japanese \"Zekes\" on Combat Air Patrol (CAP) and antiaircraft fire from the Japanese fleet annihilated the repeated attacks by the American aircraft from Marine Corps Douglas SBD (\"Dauntless\") and Vought SB2U (\"Vindicator\") scout bombers from VMSB-241, Navy Grumman TBF (\"Avenger\") torpedo bombers from VT-8 detachment, and U. S. Army Air Force torpedo-carrying Martin B-26 (\"Marauder\") bombers sent out to attack the Japanese carriers. Army Air Force \"Flying Fortresses\" likewise bombed the Japanese carrier force without success, although without losses to themselves. Between 0930 and 1030, Douglas TBD (\"Devastator\") torpedo bombers from VT 3, VT-6, and VT-8 on the three American carriers attacked the Japanese carriers. Although nearly wiped out by the defending Japanese fighters and antiaircraft fire, they drew off enemy fighters, leaving the skies open for dive bombers from Enterprise and Yorktown. VB-6 and VS-6 \"Dauntlesses\" from Enterprise bombed and fatally damaged carriers Kaga and Akagi, while VB-3 \"Dauntlesses\" from Yorktown bombed and wrecked carrier Soryu. American submarine Nautilus (SS-168) then fired torpedoes at the burning Kaga but her torpedoes did not explode. At 1100, the one Japanese carrier that escaped destruction that morning, Hiryu, launched \"Val\" dive bombers that temporarily disabled Yorktown around noon. Three and a half hours later, Hiryu\'s \"Kate\" torpedo planes struck a second blow, forcing Yorktown\'s abandonment. In return, \"Dauntlesses\" from Enterprise mortally damaged Hiryu in a strike around 1700 that afternoon. The destruction of the Carrier Strike Force compelled Admiral Yamamoto to abandon his Midway invasion plans, and the Japanese Fleet began to retire westward. During the battle, Japanese destroyers had picked up three U.S. naval aviators from the water. After interrogation, however, all three Americans were murdered. One TBD pilot, Lieutenant George Gay escaped detection by the Japanese ships and was later rescued by a PBY. On 5 June, TF 16 under command of Rear Admiral Spruance pursued the Japanese fleet westward, while work continued to salvage the damaged Yorktown. Both Akagi and Hiryu, damaged the previous day, were scuttled by Japanese destroyers early on the 5th. The last air attacks of the battle took place on 6 June when dive bombers from Enterprise and Hornet bombed and sank heavy cruiser Mikuma, and damaged destroyers Asashio and Arashio,as well as the cruiser Mogami. At Admiral Spruance\'s expressed orders, issued because of the destruction of three torpedo squadrons on 4 June, \"Devastators\" from VT-6 that accompanied the strike did not attack because of the threat to them from surface antiaircraft fire. After recovering these planes, TF 16 turned eastward and broke off contact with the enemy. COMINT intercepts over the following two days documented the withdrawal of Japanese forces toward Saipan and the Home Islands. Meanwhile, on the 6th, Japanese submarine I-168 interrupted the U.S. salvage operations, torpedoing Yorktown and torpedoing and sinking destroyer USS Hammann (DD-412). Screening destroyers depth-charged I-168 but the Japanese submarine escaped destruction. Yorktown, suffering from numerous torpedo hits, finally rolled over and sank at dawn on 7 June. (Excerpt for Naval Historical Center)
Date: 2009-07-26 12:10:43 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7583 - Votes: 1 - Rating: 5
 
(11/12) Battlefield I: The Battle of Midway Episode 4 (GDH)
Just after midnight on 4 June, Admiral Nimitz, based on patrol plane reports, advised Task Forces 16 and 17 of the course and speed of the Japanese \"main body,\" also noting their distance of 574 miles from Midway. Shortly after dawn, a patrol plane spotted two Japanese carriers and their escorts, reporting \"Many planes heading Midway from 320 degrees distant 150 miles!\" The first attack on 4 June, however, took place when the four night-flying PBYs attacked the Japanese transports northwest of Midway with one PBY torpedoing fleet tanker Akebono Maru. Later that morning, at roughly 0630, Aichi D3A (\"Val\") carrier bombers and Nakajima B5N (\"Kate\") torpedo planes, supported by numerous fighters (\"Zekes\"), bombed Midway Island installations. Although defending U.S. Marine Corps Brewster F2A (\"Buffalo\") and Grumman F4F (\"Wildcat\") fighters suffered disastrous losses, losing 17 of 26 aloft, the Japanese only inflicted slight damage to the facilities on Midway. Motor Torpedo Boat PT-25 was also damaged by strafing in Midway lagoon. Over the next two hours, Japanese \"Zekes\" on Combat Air Patrol (CAP) and antiaircraft fire from the Japanese fleet annihilated the repeated attacks by the American aircraft from Marine Corps Douglas SBD (\"Dauntless\") and Vought SB2U (\"Vindicator\") scout bombers from VMSB-241, Navy Grumman TBF (\"Avenger\") torpedo bombers from VT-8 detachment, and U. S. Army Air Force torpedo-carrying Martin B-26 (\"Marauder\") bombers sent out to attack the Japanese carriers. Army Air Force \"Flying Fortresses\" likewise bombed the Japanese carrier force without success, although without losses to themselves. Between 0930 and 1030, Douglas TBD (\"Devastator\") torpedo bombers from VT 3, VT-6, and VT-8 on the three American carriers attacked the Japanese carriers. Although nearly wiped out by the defending Japanese fighters and antiaircraft fire, they drew off enemy fighters, leaving the skies open for dive bombers from Enterprise and Yorktown. VB-6 and VS-6 \"Dauntlesses\" from Enterprise bombed and fatally damaged carriers Kaga and Akagi, while VB-3 \"Dauntlesses\" from Yorktown bombed and wrecked carrier Soryu. American submarine Nautilus (SS-168) then fired torpedoes at the burning Kaga but her torpedoes did not explode. At 1100, the one Japanese carrier that escaped destruction that morning, Hiryu, launched \"Val\" dive bombers that temporarily disabled Yorktown around noon. Three and a half hours later, Hiryu\'s \"Kate\" torpedo planes struck a second blow, forcing Yorktown\'s abandonment. In return, \"Dauntlesses\" from Enterprise mortally damaged Hiryu in a strike around 1700 that afternoon. The destruction of the Carrier Strike Force compelled Admiral Yamamoto to abandon his Midway invasion plans, and the Japanese Fleet began to retire westward. During the battle, Japanese destroyers had picked up three U.S. naval aviators from the water. After interrogation, however, all three Americans were murdered. One TBD pilot, Lieutenant George Gay escaped detection by the Japanese ships and was later rescued by a PBY. On 5 June, TF 16 under command of Rear Admiral Spruance pursued the Japanese fleet westward, while work continued to salvage the damaged Yorktown. Both Akagi and Hiryu, damaged the previous day, were scuttled by Japanese destroyers early on the 5th. The last air attacks of the battle took place on 6 June when dive bombers from Enterprise and Hornet bombed and sank heavy cruiser Mikuma, and damaged destroyers Asashio and Arashio,as well as the cruiser Mogami. At Admiral Spruance\'s expressed orders, issued because of the destruction of three torpedo squadrons on 4 June, \"Devastators\" from VT-6 that accompanied the strike did not attack because of the threat to them from surface antiaircraft fire. After recovering these planes, TF 16 turned eastward and broke off contact with the enemy. COMINT intercepts over the following two days documented the withdrawal of Japanese forces toward Saipan and the Home Islands. Meanwhile, on the 6th, Japanese submarine I-168 interrupted the U.S. salvage operations, torpedoing Yorktown and torpedoing and sinking destroyer USS Hammann (DD-412). Screening destroyers depth-charged I-168 but the Japanese submarine escaped destruction. Yorktown, suffering from numerous torpedo hits, finally rolled over and sank at dawn on 7 June. (Excerpt for Naval Historical Center)
Date: 2009-07-26 12:10:08 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7849 - Votes: 0 - Rating: 0
 
Star Wars Jedi Church
Enter the house of holy on Smoke Break\'s tour of the Church of the Jedi. May the force be with you.
Date: 2009-07-25 10:55:02 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7455 - Votes: 1 - Rating: 4
 
(10/12) Battlefield I: The Battle of Midway Episode 4 (GDH)
Just after midnight on 4 June, Admiral Nimitz, based on patrol plane reports, advised Task Forces 16 and 17 of the course and speed of the Japanese \"main body,\" also noting their distance of 574 miles from Midway. Shortly after dawn, a patrol plane spotted two Japanese carriers and their escorts, reporting \"Many planes heading Midway from 320 degrees distant 150 miles!\" The first attack on 4 June, however, took place when the four night-flying PBYs attacked the Japanese transports northwest of Midway with one PBY torpedoing fleet tanker Akebono Maru. Later that morning, at roughly 0630, Aichi D3A (\"Val\") carrier bombers and Nakajima B5N (\"Kate\") torpedo planes, supported by numerous fighters (\"Zekes\"), bombed Midway Island installations. Although defending U.S. Marine Corps Brewster F2A (\"Buffalo\") and Grumman F4F (\"Wildcat\") fighters suffered disastrous losses, losing 17 of 26 aloft, the Japanese only inflicted slight damage to the facilities on Midway. Motor Torpedo Boat PT-25 was also damaged by strafing in Midway lagoon. Over the next two hours, Japanese \"Zekes\" on Combat Air Patrol (CAP) and antiaircraft fire from the Japanese fleet annihilated the repeated attacks by the American aircraft from Marine Corps Douglas SBD (\"Dauntless\") and Vought SB2U (\"Vindicator\") scout bombers from VMSB-241, Navy Grumman TBF (\"Avenger\") torpedo bombers from VT-8 detachment, and U. S. Army Air Force torpedo-carrying Martin B-26 (\"Marauder\") bombers sent out to attack the Japanese carriers. Army Air Force \"Flying Fortresses\" likewise bombed the Japanese carrier force without success, although without losses to themselves. Between 0930 and 1030, Douglas TBD (\"Devastator\") torpedo bombers from VT 3, VT-6, and VT-8 on the three American carriers attacked the Japanese carriers. Although nearly wiped out by the defending Japanese fighters and antiaircraft fire, they drew off enemy fighters, leaving the skies open for dive bombers from Enterprise and Yorktown. VB-6 and VS-6 \"Dauntlesses\" from Enterprise bombed and fatally damaged carriers Kaga and Akagi, while VB-3 \"Dauntlesses\" from Yorktown bombed and wrecked carrier Soryu. American submarine Nautilus (SS-168) then fired torpedoes at the burning Kaga but her torpedoes did not explode. At 1100, the one Japanese carrier that escaped destruction that morning, Hiryu, launched \"Val\" dive bombers that temporarily disabled Yorktown around noon. Three and a half hours later, Hiryu\'s \"Kate\" torpedo planes struck a second blow, forcing Yorktown\'s abandonment. In return, \"Dauntlesses\" from Enterprise mortally damaged Hiryu in a strike around 1700 that afternoon. The destruction of the Carrier Strike Force compelled Admiral Yamamoto to abandon his Midway invasion plans, and the Japanese Fleet began to retire westward. During the battle, Japanese destroyers had picked up three U.S. naval aviators from the water. After interrogation, however, all three Americans were murdered. One TBD pilot, Lieutenant George Gay escaped detection by the Japanese ships and was later rescued by a PBY. On 5 June, TF 16 under command of Rear Admiral Spruance pursued the Japanese fleet westward, while work continued to salvage the damaged Yorktown. Both Akagi and Hiryu, damaged the previous day, were scuttled by Japanese destroyers early on the 5th. The last air attacks of the battle took place on 6 June when dive bombers from Enterprise and Hornet bombed and sank heavy cruiser Mikuma, and damaged destroyers Asashio and Arashio,as well as the cruiser Mogami. At Admiral Spruance\'s expressed orders, issued because of the destruction of three torpedo squadrons on 4 June, \"Devastators\" from VT-6 that accompanied the strike did not attack because of the threat to them from surface antiaircraft fire. After recovering these planes, TF 16 turned eastward and broke off contact with the enemy. COMINT intercepts over the following two days documented the withdrawal of Japanese forces toward Saipan and the Home Islands. Meanwhile, on the 6th, Japanese submarine I-168 interrupted the U.S. salvage operations, torpedoing Yorktown and torpedoing and sinking destroyer USS Hammann (DD-412). Screening destroyers depth-charged I-168 but the Japanese submarine escaped destruction. Yorktown, suffering from numerous torpedo hits, finally rolled over and sank at dawn on 7 June. (Excerpt for Naval Historical Center)
Date: 2009-07-25 10:43:12 - Added by: EST_PL
Views: 7789 - Votes: 1 - Rating: 4
 

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