Battle of the Philippine Sea, 1944

The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19ā€“20, 1944) was a decisive naval battle of World War II which eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy’s ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place during the United States’ amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War.


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