• Yorktown under torpedo bomber attack
    Central Pacific

    The Battle of Midway: Yorktown Succumbs

    The vicious dive-bombing attack by the American SBDs on three of Kido Butai’s carriers had left the Japanese reeling, but not completely out of the fight. One carrier, Hiryū, remained intact having manoeuvred away from [...]
  • SBDs after the Battle of Midway
    Central Pacific

    The Battle of Midway: the Dive Bomber Attack

    The American dive bomber force launched with the torpedo bombers, but each of the three squadrons involved took paths to the target the diverged greatly from the torpedo squadrons, and from each other. The contingent [...]
  • Central Pacific

    Battle of Midway: The Torpedo Attack

    Task Force 16 – Enterprise and Hornet, under RAdm Raymond Spruance – sailed for Midway on the 29th of May, just two days after Kido Butai departed from Japan. RAdm Frank Fletcher’s Task Force 17, [...]
  • Central Pacific

    The Battle of Midway: The Island Strikes Back

    As the Japanese were pounding Midway, the motley collection of bombers that had cleared the airfield headed in the opposite direction, determined to attack the carrier fleet spotted earlier that morning. In the weeks preceding [...]
  • Central Pacific

    Midway: Kido Butai Strikes

    As American search planes criss-crossed the skies around Midway, the Japanese Mobile Striking Force, the Kido Butai, approached undetected from the north west. A weather front had concealed the fleet, curtailing flight operations and giving [...]
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Yokosuka D4Y Type 2 Suisei “Judy”

by PE Matt in Aircraft 0

In 1938 Japan acquired one of the prototype Heinkel He 118 dive bombers that the Luftwaffe had rejected in favour of the Junkers Ju 87. Although this aircraft crashed during trials, its overall performance had [...]

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