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Final Battle at Midway by zulumike Final Battle at Midway by zulumike
On 4 June 1942, the Hiryu took part in the Battle of Midway. An American carrier-plane attack around 10:25 am disabled IJN carriers Kaga, Soryu and Akagi but left Hiryū untouched.

By 4 pm, Admiral Yamaguchi of the Hiryu decided to launch a third strike against the American carriers at dusk, though at this point in the battle Hiryū had only four air-worthy dive-bombers and five torpedo-planes left. She also retained nineteen of her own Zero fighters on board as well as a further thirteen Zeros on combat air patrol (a composite force left over from the carriers Akagi, Kaga and Sōryū).

While preparing to launch a third strike, Hiryū was attacked at 5:03 pm by 13 SBD Dauntless dive bombers from the Enterprise and hit with four 1000 lb (453.6 kg) bombs, three on the forward flight deck and one on or near the forward elevator . The explosions started fires among the aircraft on the hangar deck. The forward half of the flight deck collapsed into the hangar bay while part of the elevator was hurled against the ship's bridge. Fire and explosion continued to move toward the aft decks were the ship’s aircraft, bombs, fuel and the wooden deck became an inferno.

I have tried to convey the collapsed forward deck and final fires based on sequence of damage based on photos and other references.

Hiryu, though incapable of offensive action, kept moving until about midnight, when flames and explosions finally stopped her engines. She was ordered abandoned and then torpedoed to hasten sinking.

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IamHaden Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
do you mind if I use this in a college report?
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your interest in my artwork.

Yes, if given credit and would like to see the report when completed.


IamHaden Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, i just got finished with it, so if you note me your email address, i'll promptly let you give it a look. thanks for letting me use it!
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate it. Look forward to reading it.

IamHaden Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just sent it
zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We'll written, but my copy you sent shows my illustration in the background of the first two paragraphs of the story.

IamHaden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Something must have gone wrong with the file I sent you because the image is cengered in the background of each page on mine. Still, thanks for that!
Silent-Steve Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Excellent work; I think you've done a great job of interpreting and visualising Hiryu's known battle damage (i.e., the demolished flight deck forward)
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I like to research on all my work as much as possible. Historical events should be close to the actual events and respect to the men who served these times of war. Glad you notice the details, it means a lot to me.
Silent-Steve Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Couldn't agree more!
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