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Turning the Japanese Tide

Following the dissolution of the American-British-Dutch-Australian Command, the U.S. Navy regrouped and became leaders in the Pacific War against the Japanese.   With a series of successes against the enemy, the tide was turned and the slow process of pushing the Japanese westward began.  This section houses photographic essays on the Doolittle Raid on Japan, April 18, 1942; the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 4-8, 1942; and the Battle of Midway, June 4-7, 1942.  

Image:  80-G-17026:  Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho exploding from a Mark XIII torpedo during attacks by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft late morning, May 7, 1942.   Photographed from a USS Lexington (CV-2) plane.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.