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The Battle of Midway

American planes attacking a Japanese ship
Description: Painting, Oil on Canvas; by Robert Benny; 1943; Framed Dimensions 37H X 45W
Accession #: 88-159-AL
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A month after striking in the Coral Sea, the Japanese launched an all-out assault against Midway Island in what was obviously intended as the first step of a grand attack upon Hawaii and continental United States. The Navy was ready, and the heroic pilots from naval aircraft carriers inflicted a major sea defeat upon two great converging forces northwest of Midway. The enemy lost four aircraft carriers, at least two heavy cruisers, and a number of light cruisers, destroyers and transport - all by aerial attack. The artist here depicts a withering attack upon a Japanese cruiser by Navy dive-bombers with a fighter escort.

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  • World War II 1939-1945
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