Battle of Midway: June 6
1942: June 6: Battle of Midway
During June 6, planes from the U.S. carriers USS Enterprise (CV-6) and USS Hornet (CV-8) pursued the retreating Japanese fleet, sinking the heavy cruiser Mikuma and damaging the destroyer Mogami. The abandonded USS Yorktown (CV-5) was reboarded and salvage attempts began. However, a successful torpedo attack by the Japanese submarine I-168 sank the destroyer USS Hammann (DD-412) and forced the salvage party to leave Yorktown.
Image: 80-G-17054: SBD "Dauntless" dive bombers from USS Hornet (CV-8) approach the burning Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma, June 6, 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.