Battle of Midway, June 1942
USS Yorktown (CV-5) after being hit by Japanese bombs shortly after noon on 4 June 1942. This view was taken shortly after the ship lost power and stopped, while F4F-4 fighters were still spotted forward, their location during the attack. Fires are burning in Yorktown’s uptakes.
I don’t know that I’d ever seen this particular picture before. For many, many more, see Battle of Midway, 4-7 June 1942 — Overview and Special Image Selection
UPDATE: For a great story about a survivor of the Yorktown’s loss, see Port Charlotte man survived the Yorktown’s sinking at Battle of Midway. Wilbur Kinney had a carrier torpedoed out from under him by the Japanese in the Pacific and a carrier torpedoed out from under him by the Germans in the Atlantic. Astounding.
(FWIW, the Wasp was not at the battle of Midway as he claims. The Wasp didn’t transfer to the Pacific until 10 June 1942. One other nit to pick is that it wasn’t a “seagoing tug” towing Yorktown back to Midway, but rather the minesweeper USS Verio towing her back to Pearl.)
Despite these minor quibbles, be sure to read Kinney’s account. Astounding. (Did I say that already?)
—cross-posted to Winds of Change, where I wrote:
The loss of USS Yorktown was tragic, but penauts compared to the defeat suffered by the Japanese. The tide of the war in the Pacific was turned in the time it took a few squadrons of American dive bombers to make their runs on this day 64 years ago.
UPDATE 2: Jay Tea at Wizbang has a Midway post up. Should have known Murdoc could count on him…
UPDATE 3: A commenter at Wizbang recommends Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan by Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya. Note the authors. Fuchida led the first wave in the attack on Pearl Harbor but missed the battle of Midway due to appendicitis. He witnessed the whole thing from the Japanese carrier Akagi, though. I’ve had the book for a couple of years but have been unable to get to it.
Another that I’d reccomend if you can get hold of it would be George Gay’s Sole Survivor. Gay was the only survivor of Torpedo Squadron 8 at Midway.
My favorite remains Incredible Victory by Walter Lord. I read it in the seventh grade and was a changed person. Really.