World Battlefronts: Another Coral Sea?

The Navy had expected a carrier task force battle ever since the Solomons invasion began. Not until last week, almost seven weeks after the Wasp had been sunk by submarines, did it come. A great Jap naval force in two sections, including at least three aircraft carriers, bore down from the northeast. Vice Admiral William Frederick ("Bull") Halsey Jr., the South Pacific's new commander, had his carrier force ready to battle Jap carriers for the third time in six months. Once again the battle was chiefly between planes and ships; no major surface...

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