This was dramatized – The books on the Pacific theater of WWII, and archives on Midway I’d read, contained no record of the supposed encounter in this re-enactment with one of our subs, and one of their destroyers; or that the dive bombers used a returning destroyer to find the Japanese fleet. Our cryptologists had broken the Japanese code; we knew Midway was targeted, but we simply didn’t know where the attack force was. Fortunately, a PBY Catalina spotted the main fleet in time to launch an attack. The Sacrifice of torpedo squadron 8, (only one man survived) and other outdated Devastator torpedo planes had depleted the defending fighter cover’s fuel and ammo. As important, the defending Zeros were now at low level, having thwarted the torpedo attacks. Until this time, Midway was just another Japanese victory. Then, at that moment, the SBD dive bombers arrived; the Japanese carrier decks were filled with planes being re-armed and fueled. I consider this divine intervention, NOT luck. They had complete surprise; within the space of about five minutes, they had destroyed three of the four Japanese carriers.
NOTE: Three weeks prior, losses incurred in the confrontation known as the battle of the Coral Sea, caused the Japanese to postpone their invasion of Port Moresby; a prime objective for conquest, as a staging point and air base to cut off Australia from Southeast Asia and the Americas.
From Wikipedia: The severe losses in carriers at Midway prevented the Japanese from reattempting to invade Port Moresby from the ocean. Two months later, the Allies took advantage of Japan’s resulting strategic vulnerability in the South Pacific and launched the Guadalcanal Campaign that, along with the New Guinea Campaign, eventually broke Japanese defenses in the South Pacific and was a significant contributing factor to Japan’s ultimate defeat in World War II.
NOTE: 3-13-15 The original video is “not available”; I located “episode 2” as a replacement; therefore, above comments I made might not pertain to this part, though the facts remain.
Published on Feb 4, 2013
Battle 360 – Vengeance At Midway from History Channel
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