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The US Fifth Fleet
Japanese Forces
Battle Narrative
Spruance's decision
The Aircraft
The Fast Carrier Force
US Ships - Illustrations
USS Enterprise
SB2C Helldivers of VB-2 from USS 'Hornet' rendezvous after attack on 'Zuikaku' - detail from 'Buell and Company' by Rick Herter, commissioned by Mr. C.B. Carter

Account of the Battle / Click here to download text version



The Battle for Leyte Gulf

The Destruction of Force Z  -  10 December 1941

D James'  Naval & Maritime Pages

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The image at the head of this page depicts SB2C Helldivers of Lt. Harold L. Buell's division of VB-2 from USS Hornet  and is a detail from an original painting by Rick Herter - commissioned by Mr. C.B. Carter.

I am indebted to Mr. Carter for permission to use this detail here
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The US Carrier Aircraft 

The Grumman F6F Hellcat - fighter of the US fast carriers

The TBF Avenger  -  the US torpedo-bomber

US shipborne dive-bombers - The Douglas SBD Dauntless

US shipborne dive-bombers - The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

The Grumman F4F Wildcat - fighter of the escort carriers


The Japanese Carrier Aircraft

Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen - the Mobile Fleet's fighter-bomber

Nakajima B5N and B6N torpedo-bombers - the 'Jill' and 'Kate'

The Japanese dive-bombers  -  the D4Y 'Judy' and D3A 'Val'


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