battle of the Philippine Sea

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Noun1.battle of the Philippine Sea - a naval battle in World War II (1944)battle of the Philippine Sea - a naval battle in World War II (1944); a decisive naval victory for the United States fleet over the Japanese who were trying to block supplies from reaching American troops on Leyte
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
Pacific, Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world
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Friedman's narrative on the Battle of the Philippine Sea, which culminated in the well-known "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot," is an excellent, concise telling of that story.
Soon Japanese planes and pilots were plummeting into the water, and the greatest carrier battle of all time, officially known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea, earned itself a nickname: the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.
Utilizing many archival photographs, the author covers the allied landing at normand, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the first victory by a jet aircraft, the beginning of the use of the V-I Flying Bomb and the V-2 rocket, and many other related subjects.
Significant in terms of the scope of time covered but sketchy in personal details, the text examines Admiral Feightner's service in the Pacific theater from the battle of the Philippine Sea through the battle of the Solomons and the end of the war; however, much of it is reserved for the actions of individuals other than Feightner.
On June 20, 1944, during World War II, Japanese naval forces retreated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea after suffering heavy losses to the victorious American fleet.
19-20 June 1944: In the largest carrier battle in history, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, more than 600 Japanese aircraft are destroyed and three carriers sunk for a loss of 123 U.
Less than a century later, the battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 was a triumph of integrated air defense due to the slowness of Japanese bombers and to the American use of radar to direct fighters, as well as of VT (proximity, or "variable time") fuses on antiaircraft shells.
During the two-day Battle of the Philippine Sea, Webb found himself flying lone cover for a downed pilot in a life raft.
The Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 (another candidate for largest naval battle in history) became unofficially known as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot because the victory over Japanese forces was so lopsided.
Air Group 15 participated in two major battles that helped decide the final stages of the Pacific War: the "Marianas Turkey Shoot", the aerial subset of the Battle of The Philippine Sea (June 19-20, 1944) in which the rebuilt carrier portion of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Arm was destroyed; and the Battle of Leyte Gulf (October 17-29, 1944) that finished off the remaining major Japanese Navy surface and air assets.
One such NAP, Chief Petty Officer Wilbur "Spider" Webb, a member of Fighting Squadron 2 aboard USS Hornet (CV 12), became an "instant ace" in June 1944 when he shot down eight enemy planes during the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
Each operation had its own characteristics: the first significant Marine assault, at Tarawa in the Gilberts in November 1943; the rapid seizure of the Marshalls in an efficiently run cakewalk; the neutralization with carrier air strikes and bypassing of the great Japanese bastion at Truk; and in June 1944 the difficult invasion of the well defended Marianas, along with the naval battle of the Philippine Sea.

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