American fighter pilots gave this nickname to the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19 – 20, 1944.
Japan's Last Chance
The Big Payback
Great Marianas Turkey Shoot
The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. It was a lopsided victory over the Japanese naval air forces. A chance comment by a sailor watching from a ship compared the battle to a "turkey hunt" as the American ships and planes destroyed the enemy's planes by the score.
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