The battle of Midway took place 67 years ago today. It was to be the turning of the tide against Japanese conquest of the Pacific. The Japanese brought 4 of their 10 carriers to the battle, because they believed we only had two left in the Pacific. However, USS Yorktown (CV-5) had not been sunk at the battle of the Coral Sea despite reports of such from Japanese pilots.
Akagi, Hiryu, Kaga and Soryu were to be sunk at Midway, four of Japan’s six large deck carriers. They would never recover from the blow at Midway. The United States Navy lost CV-5 at Midway, but more carriers were on the way and one, CV-10, would carry on the Yorktown legacy.
USS Hammann (DD-412) sinking with stern high, after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-168 in the afternoon of 06 June 1942. Yorktown would sink early the next morning from its two torpedo hits. Note the knotted lines hanging down from the carrier’s flight deck, remaining from her initial abandonment on 04 June.