Which of these World War II battles was a turning point in the fight between the U.S. and Japan? Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Midway, Battle of the Coral Sea or Battle of Kursk. Fought in early June of 1942, the Battle of Midway, a naval battle, was an important victory for America.
There were four Japanese aircraft carriers destroyed in the Battle of Midway. And within the past week, the remains of two of them have been located by a team of deep sea explorers. The Kaga was found last Wednesday and the Akagi was found on Sunday. That shipwreck rests more than 17,000 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific. It's located about 1,300 miles Northwest of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. And historians say both of these carriers participated in the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
The Akagi was sunk on June 5th, 1942. It was reportedly detected by an autonomous underwater vehicle which took sonar images of the site and matched them with the dimensions of the lost Japanese warship. A U.S. Naval historian says unlike land war, ocean battles leave nothing we can see on the surface. So finding these shipwrecks will give historians a new perspective on the Battle of Midway.