It was in early June 1942 that the main force of a mighty Japanese armada of four aircraft carriers, carrying 256 aircraft and accompanied by 11 battleships and a number of smaller vessels, put to sea to do battle at Midway with an American force.

According to the book Great Battles, Decisive Conflicts that have Shaped History, edited by Christer Jorgensen, the American force was equally formidable, consisting of three aircraft carriers supported by 234 carrier and land-based aircraft and a variety of smaller craft...

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