Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944
The Battle of the Philippine Sea (fought June 19–20, 1944, between U.S. and Japanese fleets in the Pacific) was the largest carrier-to-carrier battle of World War II and a major victory for the United States.
With the American invasion of Saipan creating a direct threat to the Japanese home islands, Japan decided to force the American fleet into a decisive naval battle to prevent American control of the Marianas. However, over the two-day battle, the Japanese lost more than 400 carrier aircraft, in addition to three carriers, essentially ending Japan’s ability to carry out any more major carrier actions for the remainder of the war.
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Articles and Clippings about the Battle of the Philippine Sea
Newspaper front page news about the U.S. victory at the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 Thu, Jun 22, 1944 – Page 1 · The Daily Notes (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comMap of the location where the Battle of the Philippine Sea took place Thu, Jun 22, 1944 – 1 · The News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan) · Newspapers.comEarly statistics about Japanese losses of carriers and planes during Battle of Philippine Sea Sat, Jun 24, 1944 – Page 8 · The News (Frederick, Maryland) · Newspapers.comPolitical cartoon following Battle of Philippine Sea about Japanese air power losses Sat, Jun 24, 1944 – 1 · Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) · Newspapers.comOpinion on the importance of the Battle of the Philippine Sea, written in June 1944 Sun, Jun 25, 1944 – 69 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) · Newspapers.comAmerican pilot gives first-hand account of his experiences during Battle of the Philippine Sea Wed, Jun 28, 1944 – Page 3 · Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) · Newspapers.comPhotographs from the 1944 Battle of Philippine Sea showing engagements between planes and ships Tue, Jul 4, 1944 – Page 1 · The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) · Newspapers.comPicture of 3 navy fliers by their plane that was damaged during the Battle of the Philippine Sea Wed, Jul 5, 1944 – 1 · The Montana Standard (Butte, Montana) · Newspapers.comAccount of US torpedo bombers who attacked a Japanese carrier during Battle of the Philippine Sea Thu, Jul 6, 1944 – Page 2 · The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California) · Newspapers.comAdmiral Chester Nimitz defends the decision to not pursue the Japanese fleet after the battle Sun, Jul 23, 1944 – 1 · The Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii) · Newspapers.comBattle of Philippine Sea is called Mariana Turkey Shoot in an article about a fighter squadron Fri, Aug 11, 1944 – 10 · Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin) · Newspapers.comUS admiral writes that Battle of Philippine Sea was a "lost opportunity" to quickly end WWII Sun, Dec 31, 1967 – 39 · Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) · Newspapers.com