The Battle of the Philippine Sea (nicknamed the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot” by American pilots) was the Japanese Navy’s last-ditch attempt to hold on to the Marianas Islands. It marked the final large-scale carrier-versus-carrier battle of WWII in the Pacific. The battle resulted in heavy losses on the part of the Japanese – in men, planes, and carriers. Pitted against each other were an American force of 7 fleet carriers and 8 light carriers against the Japanese task force of 5 fleet carriers and 4 light carriers. In all, 956 American aircraft took on 750 Japanese Army and Navy aircraft in what would become a decisive American victory of the war.
Presenter: Mr. Michael Carra
Special presentation free with regular paid admission.