It was an event that changed the course of history.
70 years ago Monday, American Naval forces began the most pivotal naval battle in the Pacific war: the Battle of Midway. Where, despite being largely outnumbered, by nightfall of the first day of a three-day battle, the Japanese had last four carriers: Akagi, Kaga, Soryu and Hiryu. The U.S., only one: USS Yorktown (CV 5).
It was the Battle at Midway that ultimately turned the tide of World War II and brought American victory.
The Midway anniversary also marks the beginning of the revolution of Naval aviation, marking the aircraft carrier over the battleship as the mainstay of the U.S. Navy – a position it still holds.
The scene on board USS Yorktown (CV 5), shortly after she was hit by three Japanese bombs on 4 June 1942.