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Dive bombers in the Battle of Midway

Dive bombers in the Battle of Midway

'Dauntless' dive bombers from the American aircraft carrier USS Hornet approach the Japanese cruiser Mikuma on 6 June 1942. The Battle of Midway had begun two days earlier, and is often regarded as a turning point in the Pacific War. The Japanese lost four aircraft carriers and the large cruiser Mikuma, with a total loss of life of over 3,000 men. The defeat undermined their ability to conduct further major advances, and from that time the likelihood of a Japanese invasion of New Zealand was very low.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - American counter-offensive', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016