Midway order of battle

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This is the order of battle for the World War II Battle of Midway.

Overview[edit]

Ships involved in the Midway operation[1]

Imperial Japanese Navy Ship Type United States Navy
Akagi | Hiryū | Kaga | Sōryū CV Enterprise | Hornet | Yorktown
Zuihō | Hōshō CVL None
Chitose | Kamikawa Maru | Chiyoda | Nisshin CVS None
Fusō[2] | Haruna | Hiei | Hyūga[2] | Ise[2] | Kirishima | Kongō | Mutsu | Nagato | Yamashiro[2] | Yamato BB None
Atago | Chikuma | Chōkai | Haguro | Kumano | Mikuma | Mogami | Myōkō | Suzuya | Tone CA Astoria | Minneapolis | New Orleans | Northampton | Pensacola | Portland | Vincennes
Jintsu | Kitakami[2] | Nagara | Ōi[2] | Sendai | Yura CL Atlanta
Akigumo | Amagiri[2] | Amatsukaze | Arare | Arashi | Arashio | Asagiri[2] | Asashio | Asagumo | Ayanami | Fubuki | Hagikaze | Hamakaze | Harusame | Hatsukaze | Hatsuyuki | Hayashio | Isokaze | Isonami | Kagerō | Kasumi | Kazagumo | Kuroshio | Maikaze | Makigumo | Minegumo | Mikazuki | Murakumo | Murasame | Natsugumo | Nowaki | Oyashio | Samidare | Shikinami | Shiranui | Shirakumo[2] | Shirayuki | Tanikaze | Tokitsukaze | Urakaze | Uranami | Yūdachi | Yūgiri[2] | Yūgumo | Yūkaze | Yukikaze DD Aylwin | Anderson | Balch | Benham | Blue | Clark | Conyngham | Dewey | Ellet | Gwin| Hammann | Hughes | Maury | Monaghan | Monssen | Morris | Phelps | Russell | Ralph Talbot | Worden
I-121 | I-122 | I-123 | I-156 | I-157 | I-158 | I-159 | I-162 | I-164 | I-165 | I-166 | I-168 | I-169 | I-171 | I-174 | I-175 | Submarine Cachalot | Cuttlefish | Dolphin | Finback | Flying Fish | Gato | Grayling | Grenadier | Grouper | Growler | Gudgeon | Narwhal | Nautilus | Pike | Plunger | Tambor | Tarpon | Trigger | Trout
Akebono | Genyo | Kenyo | Kukoyu | Kyokuto | Naruto | Nichiei | Nippon | San Clemente[2] | Sata | Shnikoku | Toa[2] | Toei | Tohu | Tsurumi AO Cimarron | Guadalupe | Platte
No. 2 | No. 34 | No. 35 PT PT-20 | PT-21 | PT-22 | PT-24 | PT-25 | PT-26 | PT-27 | PT-28 | PT-29 | PT-30
Meiyo | Yamafuku AE None
Tama Maru No. 5 | Showa Maru No. 7 | Showa Maru No. 8 AMS None
No. 17 | No. 18 SC None
Akashi AR None
97 x Aichi D3A "Val" | 101 x Nakajima B5N "Kate" | 105 x Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" A/C 88 x Grumman F4F-4 "Wildcat" | 129 x Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless" | 44 x Douglas TBD-1 "Devastator" | 32 x PBY-5/A "Catalina" | 6 x Grumman TBF "Avenger" | 4 x Martin B-26 "Marauder" | 19 x Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress"

Japan[edit]

The Japanese forces (the "Combined Fleet") actually consisted of two different fleets detailed to two separate operations, namely Operation AL (for the Aleutians) and Operation MI (for Midway).

First Fleet[edit]

Second Fleet (Midway Invasion Force)[edit]

Shore-based Air Force[edit]

Northern Area Force[edit]

United States[edit]

The US Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas were under the overall command of Admiral Chester Nimitz.[4]

Carrier Strike Force[edit]

Task Force 17 (Rear Adm. Frank J. Fletcher in Yorktown)

Task Force 16 (Rear Adm. Raymond A. Spruance in Enterprise)

Submarines Operational command under Rear Admiral Robert H. English (Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet) at Pearl Harbor.

Midway Garrison[edit]

The military forces at the immediate point of tactical contact (i.e. not including support formations) are described below.

Aircraft[edit]

American Forces[edit]

Naval Air Station (NAS) Midway operated:[6]

United States Navy

United States Army Air Forces

United States Marine Corps

Task Force 17:

Yorktown: 77 aircraft (sunk)

Task Force 16:

Enterprise: 78 aircraft

Hornet: 77 aircraft

Japanese Forces[edit]

The Japanese carriers of the Striking Force operated:

Akagi: 60 aircraft (sunk)

Kaga: 74 aircraft (sunk)

Hiryū: 57 aircraft (sunk)

Sōryū: 57 aircraft (sunk) [7]

(Note: These figures include 21 operational Zero fighters of the 6th Air Group being ferried to Midway by the carriers.)

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/articles/aftermidway.aspx
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Part of the Aleutian's Support Force: These ships detached from the Main Body before the Midway action commenced
  3. ^ L, Klemen (1999–2000). "Vice-Admiral Nobutake Kondō". Forgotten Campaign: The Dutch East Indies Campaign 1941-1942. 
  4. ^ "Battle of Midway". World War 2 Facts. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Midway Order of Battle". NavWeaps.com. NavWeaps.com. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "ONI Review of Midway". ONI Review of Midway. iBiblio.org. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "After Midway". Military History Online. militaryhistoryonline.com. Retrieved 14 December 2013.