US and Japanese carriers clash
24th August 1942: USS Saratoga planes sink the Ryujo in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons
On the 7th August 1942 the Americans had made their first landings in the Pacific war on Guadalcanal. In doing so they seized the airfield that the Japanese were building and denied them a key asset in the Solomons island group. But the land campaign had begun even as the seas around the Solomons were still fiercely contested. So a series of naval battles in the area were to parallel the struggle on land that had begun with the Battle of the Tenaru on the 21st.
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