Source: US Navy
SEARCHING FOR THE LOST SHIPS
WITH PAUL ALLEN
Text: Miro Barič
Aerial shot of Midway on November 24, 1941, shortly before the start of the war with Japan.
Source: Naval History and Heritage Command
To describe the Battle of Midway would be beating of the dead
horse. The details about the air combat can be found in Tom
Cleaver’s article in the Info No. 152 (issue 10/2022). Therefore, in
the following text we will focus on some key moments and also
look into the search for the ships sunken during this battle.
Battle of the Corral Sea, described in the
previous part of this series, marked the
very first aircraft carriers encounter in the
history. It was a Japanese tactical victory
since they lost only one small aircraft carrier, Shōhō and one destroyer while they
sank a large American aircraft carrier Lexington, a tanker and a destroyer. Strategically the battle meant an Allied success
since they prevented the Japanese landing
at Port Moresby.
In comparison Midway represented the
very first American victory which not only
hampered the Japanese offensive plans
but also struck a devastative blow against their Navy from which they have never
fully recovered. The ground for this was
laid exactly by the Battle of the Corral Sea
Midway became the target of the first attack as early
as December 7, 1941. Pictured here is the wreck of
PBY-3 Catalina (BuNo 0824), destroyed in a night
bombardment by the destroyers Ushio and Sazanami.