Battle of the Philippine Sea, Part 3: The Great Turkey Shoot


On June 19 and 20, 1944, the Japanese and American fleets engaged in an epic naval battle in the Philippine Sea. In part 3 of the “Voices from the Philippine Sea” series, we explore the air battle on June 19th, which resulted in the loss of over 300 Japanese aircraft. This story is told through the experience of naval aviator Alex Vraciu, one of the Americans who became an ace that day. The event itself was known as “The Great Turkey Shoot.”

All videos are written, directed, and produced by staff and volunteers at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.



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