I thought this posted on my scheduler thingie..
Until this point the Japanese had free range in the pacific, with the inconclusive battle fought in the Coral Sea in may, the advantage and experience still lay with the Japanese. Here is a link for the battle of Midway.
I also have a link for the plane that is immortalized in that battle that I had posted a while back.
On that fateful day LtCmr Wade McClusky was leading a group of Dauntless Dive bombers from the U.S.S Enterprise and they followed a Japanese Destroyer that unsuccessfully depth charged an American Submarine and was rushing to catch up with her picket duties. The 12 minutes that followed shattered the Japanese Naval Aviation and destroyed the aura of invincibility that the Japanese had.
We lost the U.S.S. Yorktown and a destroyer The U.S.S. Hammond that was tied up alongside to aid in the firefighting effort when a Japanese Submarine put a torpedo into her going for the Yorktown.