Submarine Reconnaissance Missions

September 17, 2017 PE Matt 0

One of the lesser known aspects of the air war in the Pacific is the extent to which the Japanese made use of submarine-launched aircraft. Although several navies had experimented with submarine aircraft carriers between […]

USS Lexington on fire and sinking in the Coral Sea

Coral Sea: After Action Report

August 6, 2017 PE Matt 0

Famously, the Battle of the Coral Sea was the first naval action where the opposition ships never saw each other. All of the offensive action was carried out by aircraft, particularly the carrier bombers of […]

Coral Sea: The Attack on Task Force 17

July 16, 2017 PE Matt 0

As Fletcher’s Task Force 17 was launching its strike on the MO Striking Force, RAdm Chuichi Hara was likewise sending his fliers out to hit the American carriers. The Zuikaku and Shokaku launched seven B5Ns […]

Coral Sea: The Shokaku Attack

May 7, 2017 PE Matt 0

During the night of the 7th/8th, MO Striking Force was ordered to sail closer to the MO Invasion Force in order to give it additional support following the loss of the Shoho. VAdm Takeo Takagi […]

Coral Sea

Coral Sea: Searching for the Enemy

April 23, 2017 PE Matt 0

As part of Task Force 17, Admiral Frank J. Fletcher had been provided with a force of cruisers and destroyers from General MacArthur’s Australia-based naval contingent. These ships – the cruisers USS Chicago, HMAS Australia […]

Neosho and Sims

The Sims and the Neosho

April 16, 2017 PE Matt 0

Task Force 17 was not the only carrier force to be striking the enemy on the 7th of May. The Japanese MO Striking Force, tasked with supporting the MO Invasion Force as it approached Port […]

Shoho burns following the Lexington attack, 7 May 1942

The Action off Misima

April 2, 2017 PE Matt 0

Having completed his attack on Tulagi, Admiral Fletcher spent most of the 5th of May organising his forces and refuelling his ships, prior to the expected confrontation with the Japanese. His carriers, Yorktown and Lexington, […]

Yorktown SBDs during the Tulagi Raid

The Tulagi Raid

March 26, 2017 PE Matt 0

The Japanese, having completed their conquest of the Netherlands East Indies and Malaya, began to look at activating second-stage operations that would help to secure the perimeter of their new possessions. In April 1942 the […]

In Defence of Port Moresby

March 19, 2017 PE Matt 0

After Rabaul had been captured by the Japanese, Australian forces attempted to consolidate positions on the south coast of New Guinea, particularly at the capital of Port Moresby. With the most skilled and experienced Australian […]

The Royce Mission

March 6, 2017 PE Matt 1

On the 9th of April, American and Filipino soldiers on Bataan peninsula surrendered. For the last few weeks the troops had subsisted on starvation rations, despite attempt by blockade runners and submarines to bring supplies […]

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