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Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by rOEN911 Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by rOEN911
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. It took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War. The battle was the fifth of five major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces, and involved elements of the United States Navy's Fifth Fleet as well as ships and land-based aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy's Combined Fleet and nearby island garrisons.
The battle was nicknamed the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot"[2] in American accounts, for the severely disproportional loss ratio inflicted upon Japanese aircraft by American pilots and anti-aircraft gunners. American forces suffered much lighter losses, and a pilot from the USS Lexington supposedly remarked that "This is like an old-time turkey shoot!" during the battle. The lopsided outcome is generally attributed to American improvements in pilot and crew training and tactics, war technology, and ship and aircraft design, which the Japanese war machine could not match over the course of the war.[3][4] Ultimately, the Imperial Japanese Navy lost three aircraft carriers, between 550 and 645 aircraft, and hundreds of pilots.[1]
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Generic-username427 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The F6F Hellcat, one of the greatest fighter planes ever, With a shootdown ratio recorded at 19 to 1. Unbelievable well done job bringing this old war bird to life in your picture, absolutely fantastic.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The death of the Japanese Naval Air Arm! :D
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trone1993 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
they are pretty much screwed in the first place when they send the IJN mobile fleet to intercept the USN 5fh fleet
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are indeed.
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soldier2333 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Digital Artist
The corsair?
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Ambaryerno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
F6F Hellcat.
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soldier2333 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Digital Artist
k thnx
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soldier2333 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Digital Artist
ok
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Brawrloxoss Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Git'er done! That's the Hellcat doing what it does! Great image!
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Well hello there, favorite airplane ever.

Don't mind my name, I chose it for reasons.
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