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Battle of Midway, June 1942 | by Pacific Eagles
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Battle of Midway, June 1942

The Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma afire and dead in the water on 6 June 1942, as seen from a SBD dive bomber, probably from USS Hornet (CV-8) during the day's third attack by planes from Hornet and USS Enterprise (CV-6). A destroyer (either Asashio or Arashio) is nearby, attempting to remove Mikuma's crew. Photo was taken from the gunner's seat, looking aft, with the barrel of a .30 caliber machine gun in the right foreground and the plane's vertical tail at the extreme right. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Uploaded on September 28, 2015