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Chart of the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 26, 1942, showing approximate paths of participating forces.


  • A- U.S. carrier task forces: Hornet and Enterprise (solid black line)
  • B- Japanese "Main" body under Chuichi Nagumo with carriers Zuiho, Shokaku, and Zuikaku (solid red line)
  • C- Japanese carrier Junyo under Rear Admiral Kakuji Kakuta (dotted red line)
  • D- Japanese battleship and cruiser "Advanced" and "Vanguard" forces under Nobutake Kondo and Hiroaki Abe (arrowed red line)
  • E- Zuiho and Shokaku withdraw from battle area
  • F- Zuikaku and Junyo join to launch afternoon strikes on U.S. carrier forces

Numbered yellow dots:

  • 1- 08:30-Zuiho hit
  • 2- 10:15-Hornet hit and crippled
  • 3- 10:20-Shokaku hit
  • 4- 11:15-Enterprise hit
  • 5- 12:30-Zuiho and Shokaku retire from the battle area.

Background taken from (which is a U.S. government public domain document) and modified by myself, cla68, on July 5, 2006 to include warship forces battle tracks. Released under the GFDL.


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