World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Isolation of What?

Refueled, revictualed and rearmed after their February strikes against the Tokyo area, the fast carrier task groups of the Pacific Fleet were on the rampage again. Presumably still operating as Task Force 58, under Vice Admiral Marc Andrew Mitscher, they appeared defiantly this week southeast of Kyushu Island, where they were ringed about by enemy bases in the Izu Islands, in Japan proper and in the Ryukyus. If the Jap Navy—or that part of it has been repaired—wanted a fight, it could have it.

At dawn Mitscher's attack groups studded the sky over Shikoku, over the Inland Sea, over western Honshu...