Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19, 1944 - Battle of the Philippine Sea

Battle of the Philippine Sea begins.

The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20, 1944) was a decisive naval battle of World War II which effectively eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions.

Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku (center) and two destroyers maneuvering, while under attack by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft, during the late afternoon of 20 June 1944. Zuikaku was hit by several bombs during these attacks, but survived. (Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944)

Monday, June 17, 2013

June 17, 1945 - Admiral Ota Minoru commits suicide

Japanese Admiral Ota Minoru committed ritual suicide for failing to defend Okinawa, Japan.