Helldivers Advance on Japanese Fleet

June 19, 1944Photograph

Upon radar detection of enemy aircraft approaching U.S. carrier positions in the Philippine Sea, a squadron of Curtiss SB2C Helldivers set out to intercept the Japanese attackers. The battle would continue both in the air and at sea for two days, resulting in the loss of more than 475 Japanese and 130 American aircrafts. This critical Allied victory decimated the Japanese air forces and set the stage for the Allied air campaign against mainland Japan.

Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

Squadron of Curtiss SB2C Helldivers intercept Japanese attackers.