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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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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
A painful memory even to this day
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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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zodwik Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
i bet you own IL2 1946 :)
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You'd lose that bet. I just like WWII hardware. Also, ever heard of an old show called "Dogfights"?
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zodwik Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
oh yeah i downloaded a lot of those shows. Too bad history channel canceled it. I think you'd like IL2. It isnt expensive and you could pick it up on ebay. You do need a joystick though.
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mario72486 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Another great piece, as always. Midway may had been the turning point in the Pacific War, but the Marianas campaign solidified the outcome. Certainly helps that it occurred two weeks after D-Day.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Part of it was the loss of pilots due to the refusal of the Japanese high command to rescue their downed flyers. They refused to realize that a veteran pilot is of incalculable value next to a novice, almost like comparing an adult to a child. The US made every effort to rescue pilots even at the risk of losing ships and planes. Many of the Japanese flyers in this battle were so poorly trained that they could take off from their carriers but not land on them.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
neat work :)
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Somethingfake Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
As always, a fantastic effort!
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helot Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Another amazing piece!
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Pbohm Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! :)
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Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012   Digital Artist
This is real nice work! I like it...:)
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most Impressive look from the blurred motion to the action sequence itself! Love the perspective and lighting off the hull very natural!!!
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like it :)
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That´s a great piece of artwork mate, very well done indeed!!!
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ReetLegna Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   General Artist
WOW!
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice.
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