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US Navy Planes of World War II

     The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyed the United States Navy's fleet of battleships when it attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.  It was a devastating defeat, but the boys in blue bounced back.  Six months later, naval aviators sunk four Japanese aircraft carriers at the Battle of  Midway.  Japan lost her best pilots and some of her best ships.  From then on, she was one the defensively as the the U.S. Navy continued the aerial war, fighting carriers and supporting marine and army invasions of Japanese-held islands. 
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