The turning point in the Pacific war began today, June 4, 1942. American intelligence intercepted Japan's plans to capture Midway Island and from there Hawaii. The outnumbered U.S. Fleet ambushed the Japanese armada, but was losing badly. It was not until American dive bombers, navigating by guess and by God, sighted the Japanese carriers below at the precise moment their planes had left to attack the Yorktown. In just five minutes, the screeching dive bombers sank three Japanese carriers, and a fourth shortly after. This providential event turned the war, as Japan was never again able to go on the offensive.