Fourth carrier battle of the Pacific campaign of World War IIThe Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, fought during 25–27 October 1942, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Santa Cruz or in Japan as the Battle of the South Pacific (Japanese: 南太平洋海戦 Minamitaiheiyō kaisen), was the fourth carrier battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II. A U.S. PBY Catalina based in the Santa Cruz Islands located the Japanese Main Body carriers at 11:03. By the end of the Santa Cruz battle, at least 409 of the 765 elite Japanese carrier aviators who had participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor were dead. Although the Japanese carriers returned to Truk by the summer of 1943, they played no further offensive role in the Solomon Islands campaign. Historian Eric Hammel summed up the significance of the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands as, \"Santa Cruz was a Japanese victory.
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