378, 380 a b Blair 1975,. .
The, lexington and Task Force 12 had departed Pearl Harbor on December 5th to ferry 18 SB2U Vindicator Dive Bombers of vsmb-231 to Midway Island.104 Most of the Japanese CAP was focusing on the torpedo planes of VT-3 and were convoy escort iraq out of position, armed Japanese strike aircraft filled the hangar decks, fuel hoses snaked across the decks as refueling operations were hastily being completed, and the repeated change.The Yorktown squadron (VB-3) had flown just behind VT-3, but elected to attack from a different course.Doolittle air raid on Tokyo.388 Parshall Tully 2005,. .127 Sighting several ships, neither Murphy nor his executive officer, Edward Spruance (son of Admiral Spruance could identify them.9, the Japanese operation, like the earlier attack on Pearl Harbor, sought to eliminate the United States as a strategic power in the Pacific, thereby giving Japan a free hand in establishing its.Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power.Retrieved 14 February 2008.Most significantly, American cryptographers were able to determine the date and location of the planned attack, enabling the forewarned.S.167 The loss of four large fleet carriers and over 40 of the carriers' highly trained aircraft mechanics and technicians, plus the essential flight-deck crews and armorers, and the loss of organizational knowledge embodied in such highly trained crews, were still heavy blows to the.
95 The performance of American torpedoes in the early months of the war was scandalous, as shot after shot missed by running directly under the target (deeper than intended prematurely exploded, or hit targets (sometimes with an audible clang) and failed to explode at all.

140 Also, by this time Spruance's destroyers were critically low on fuel.Focuses primarily on the human experience of the battle.It was intended only for the highest echelons in the Japanese Navy and government, and was guarded closely throughout the war.Midway allowed this to occur before the first of the new Essex -class fleet carriers became available at the end of 1942.524 a b Parshall Tully 2005,. .Floatplanes were lost from the cruisers Chikuma (3) and Tone (2).307 Americans had been killed, including Major General Clarence.For the remainder of that day and then 9 June, Fletcher continued to launch search missions from the three carriers to ensure the Japanese were no longer advancing on Midway.

Planes stood tail up, belching livid flames and jet-black smoke, making it impossible to bring the fires under control." Another bomb exploded under water very close astern; the resulting geyser bent the flight deck upward "in grotesque configurations" and caused crucial rudder damage.
Prange, Miracle at Midway (1982) For the Japanese perspective see Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully, Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway (2005) "Titanic explorer finds Yorktown".
Henderson of vmsb-241, killed while leading his inexperienced Dauntless squadron into action.