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The Battle of the Midway was fought off the mid-Pacific base at Midway Island on June 4-7 1942 Up to this point in the war Japan maintained ocean superiority over the United States This battle was a major turning point in the Pacific front After this battle Japan was essentially our equal but with air superiority we soon took the upper hand and began our offensive campaign The Japanese decided to attack the US fleet at Midway in hopes of destroying the Pacific Fleets aircraft carriers The aircraft carriers were essential to the US for carrying out our bombing raids on the Japanese The Japanese also wanted to establish a naval base at Midway Island but couldnt do so because of the American presence on the Island The Japanese surprise attack was to be carried out on June 4 1942 The Japanese plan to attack Midway Island was plotted by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto the Admiral who planned the Pearl Harbor attack This plan was thwarted by American intelligence who knew about the attack well before the Japanese were in position to attack The United States set up an ambush for the Japanese by having our carriers ready for the attack Once the Japanese arrived on June 4th our trap for them succeeded when our aircraft sank four of their fleet carriers We only lost one out of three carriers that were stationed there that day and very few aircraft It was a lot of luck and good American intelligence that helped us succeed at the Battle of Midway Without air cover the Japanese fleet of battleships were forced to retreat playing no role in this battle The American victory at the Battle
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