D-DAY IN THE PACIFIC (Part 2): Americans Hunt Down The Imperial Fleet | Battle 360 | History

D-DAY IN THE PACIFIC (Part 2): Americans Hunt Down The Imperial Fleet | Battle 360 | History

NARRATOR: June 20, 1944. The Imperial Navy has been sent
to halt an American offensive in Saipan. The US fleet has been
putting up a vicious fight, blasting hundreds of enemy
planes out of the sky. Yet Enterprise and
her carrier comrades have been unable to locate
the main enemy fleet. Now the skies over
the Philippine Sea are filled with
American airplanes on the hunt for Admiral Ozawa. Target– the Japanese fleet. Objective– drive the
remains of Ozawa’s task force from the Philippine Sea. Strategy– fly constant searches
until the Imperial ships are spotted and destroyed. But the seek-and-destroy
mission goes on for hours, and still Admiral Marc Mitscher
cannot find Admiral Ozawa. Tension is high aboard the Big
E as the afternoon wears on. But at 3:40 PM,
they hit pay dirt. 300 miles away, Enterprise
search planes finally discover the enemy fleet. 6:30 PM– finally, after
two hours in the air, Killer Kane’s air group
spots the enemy fleet. 12,000 feet below, they’ve
discovered a major part of Ozawa’s force,
three carriers, Ryuho, Junyo, and Hiyo, and
cruisers Mogami and Nagato. It’s a free for all. Kane’s forces immediately
split up and make a run for the enemy vessels. The Japanese surface ships
open up with a deadly fusillade of flak as the dive bombers and
Hellcats begin their assault, but they keep right on coming. Jig Dog Ramage and five
SBDs line up for a bombing run on the carrier Ryuho. Jig Dog wings over and makes a
steep dive on the enemy ship. JAMES RAMAGE: I put the pipper,
as we called it, just forward of the bow and went
down to the 2,000 feet, maybe a little lower. Dropped my bomb. NARRATOR: Ramage delivers 1,000
pounds of terror on the Ryuho and immediately pulls
out of his dive. It’s a crippling near miss. One by one, four other
SBDs drop their payloads over the Imperial flat top. From his rear-seat
position, Cauley gets a choice opportunity
to admire the grisly work of his comrades. Ryuho has been mauled, and
carrier Hiyo is wounded by torpedoes and is burning. Enterprise bomb hits
help finish her off. Just as the Hellcats
rejoin the dive bombers, Flash Gordon spots a
target of opportunity. DONALD GORDON: Way down on the
water, maybe 10 miles east, I saw a Zero headed
west about 900 feet. NARRATOR: Gordon immediately
firewalls the Hellcat and pulls the big plane into
a half loop and a half roll. He races after the Zero,
draws a bead, and cuts loose with his rapid fire 0.50s. Pulled up in the top of
the loop and shot him down. He blew up. Then we came back down and
joined up with the bombers. NARRATOR: The Zero was Flash
Gordon’s seventh and final kill of World War II. He and his fellow pilots escape
the last enemy flak bursts and head for home. The Battle of the
Philippines sees a disaster for the Japanese Navy. Admiral Ozawa has failed to
drive the US fleet from Saipan, and the defeat has cost him
hundreds of Imperial pilots and three aircraft carriers,
Hiyo, Taiyo, and Shokaku. Some of the best
news we got there was to hear that our old
nemesis, the Shokaku, had been put down. JONATHAN PARSHALL:
For the Japanese, the aftermath of the battle is
a recognition that their carrier force is finished. They may still have
vessels, but they no longer have
aircraft or pilots to put aboard those vessels. NARRATOR: But the Japanese
fleet is not finished yet. The Big E’s nemesis,
Zuikaku, is still afloat, and so are the battleships. Massive battle wagons
Musashi and Yamato, along with an armada of
cruisers and destroyers, are ready to meet the
Enterprise in battle. The bloody combat on Saipan
goes on for another three weeks. It becomes one of the
most costly battles of the entire Pacific War.

47 thoughts on “D-DAY IN THE PACIFIC (Part 2): Americans Hunt Down The Imperial Fleet | Battle 360 | History

  1. We will REMEMBER our heroes. God bless your VETERANS and God bless AMERICA.!๐Ÿ‘จโ€โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโค๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  2. With Guam back in American hands we now have to defend it. Ozowa is coming and the mission of the Pacific Fleet was to find him and destroy him and they did. Launching at night the Pacific Fleet found Ozowa and put him and his ships under. A sub USS Cavalla along with the Flying Fish and Albacore found Shokaku and Taiho and torpedoed them and with that the Japanese Fleet was sunk and only The Yamamoto, Musashi, and the Zuikaku were left we would get them in the Philippines and in Iwo Jima.

  3. Funny is that thereโ€™s that big fleet and the Japanese didnโ€™t even hit one airplane ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  4. Oh it is a history channel video…

    …..aliens must be involved or it must be a weird reality show.

    Remember when the history channel actually had programs that informed about History?
    Yeah, me too.

  5. Imagine the country if the youth of today didn't support our enemies.

    The price to pay for treason is death. WAKE UP AMERICAN YOUTH. Stop being brainwashed by your parents, and the media..who brainwashed your parents. With or without Trump, make America great again

  6. 2:46
    Japan's Mitsubishi Zeros were very deadly fast & maneuverable when piloted by Japan's best pilots. However, they also had their own very fatal vulnerability. Their speed & maneuverability came partly at the expense of other important features such as armor plating. When Zeros got hit, they easily caught fire & crashed.

    USA's Hellcats were significant improvements over Wildcats. When flown by top pilots, they could compete with the Zeros.

  7. Thank you for saving the world from unfit leadership
    The sellout politicians of MAGGOTVILL America are next.
    So help us God Amen

  8. The US carriers' main contribution was in their pilots' decimating the Japanese air crews. US submarines actually did more damage to the Japanese fleet.

  9. The real men who were spanked and taught to respect their fellow man and most knew God. Today everything is handed to the new generations

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