Then there was US aircrafts' rush. US forces cracked Japanese code in advance and detected Japanese navy's move on some level. They luckily found Japanese aircraft carrier unit and attacked all together.
First, aircrafts on deck caught and spread the fire. Then, three aircraft carriers started to burst into flames.
In such circumstance, only 'Hiry?' led by Vice Admiral Yamaguchi started its aircrafts and fought back.
But that was too late. Japanese glorious aircraft carriers sank one after another.
Japanese loss was more severe; four aircraft carriers and one heavy cruiser sank and one heavy cruiser and one destroyer got damaged. US lost one aircraft carrier and one destroyer.
Moreover, 3,000 Japanese soldiers were killed including excellent veteran pilots and crew compared to 300 US casualties.
The loss of air forces affected subsequent Japanese strategies. In later years, the Battle of Midway was described as 'the turning point of war'.