Midway Order of Battle

By Warren Peterson

This is the Order of Battle for forces involved in the Midway campaign. It is taken, with some changes, from the web site on the Battle of Midway . With relatively few modifications the Coral Sea campaign game rules can be used for this conflict. Those modifications necessary to make the switch are noted in the Midway Rules Modifications.

In gaming the Battle of Midway we have found that using a ratio of 1 model airplane to 2 actual planes gives a fairly balanced game. For ships, we usually only worry about capital ships and transports for the air to sea battles. Other ships only come into play when there is a sea battle.

If you wish to purchase 1:1200 scale models for this battle you can get by with, on each side, two carriers, four cruisers, and two light cruisers. You need to add two battleships and six transports for the Japanese as well. While this number of ships does not reflect all the ships involved, it is all that is needed to simulate the tabletop battles. For ship to ship conflicts use the 1:2400 scale as more models will be needed, but these battles are rare.

For those on a very limited budget, overhead views of all of the major ships can be found in this order of battle. These are presented in the appropriate scale in relation to each other, and a scale that works well with a one inch hex grid system. You can copy and print out the pictures you need for the particular battle. While not as dramatic as the three dimensional models, these serve as good stand ins until the proper ships can be purchased.

US Forces

(All US forces are deployed at start anywhere within 16 zones of the Eastern edge.)

Task Force 17

TG 17.5 Carrier Group

Yorktown
(CV) (63)
Yorktown class CV
VF-3
27 - F4F-4 Wildcat
VB-3
18 - SBD-3 Dauntless
VS-5
19 - SBD-3 Dauntless
VT-3
15 - TBD-1 Devastator

TG 17.2 Cruiser Group

Astoria
(CA)
New Orleans class CA
Portland
(CA)
Indianapolis class CA

TG 17.4 Destroyer Squadron

Hammann
(DD)
Sims class DD
Hughes
(DD)
Sims class DD
Morris
(DD)
Sims class DD
Anderson
(DD)
Sims class DD
Russell
(DD)
Sims class DD
Gwin
(DD)
Benson class DD

Task Force 16

TG 16.5 Carrier Group

Enterprise
(CV) (96)
Yorktown class CV
VF-6
27 - F4F-4 Wildcat
VB-6
19 - SBD-3, -2 Dauntless
VS-6
18 - SBD-3 Dauntless
VT-6
14 - TBD-1 Devastator
Hornet
(CV) (96)
Yorktown class CV
VF-8
27 - F4F-4 Wildcat
VB-8
18 - SBD-3 Dauntless
VS-8
18 - SBD-3 Dauntless
VT-8
15 - TBD-1 Devastator

TG 16.2 Cruiser Group

New Orleans
(CA)
New Orleans class CA
Minneapolis
(CA)
New Orleans class CA
Vincennes
(CA)
New Orleans class CA
Northampton
(CA)
Northampton class CA
Pensacola
(CA)

Pensacola class CA
Atlanta
(CLAA)

Atlanta class CLAA

TG 16.4 Destroyer Screen

Phelps
(DD)
Porter class DD
Worden
(DD)
Farragut class DD
Monaghan
(DD)
Farragut class DD
Aylwin
(DD)
Farragut class DD

DesRon 6

Balch
(DD)
Porter class DD
Conyngham
(DD)
Mahan class DD
Benham
(DD)
Gridley class DD
Ellet
(DD)
Gridley class DD
Maury
(DD)
Gridley class DD

Oiler Group

Cimarron
(AO)
AO
Platte
(AO)
AO
Dewey
(DD)
Farragut class DD
Monssen
(DD)
Benson class DD
Wildcat

MIDWAY SHORE-BASED FORCES

Deployed at Midway Island

Eastern Island Airfield

Marine Air Group 22, 2nd Marine Air Wing

VMF-221
21 - F2A-3 Buffalo
7 - F4F-3 Wildcat
VMSB-241
21 - SB2U-3 Vindicator
19 - SBD-2 Dauntless

Detachments of PatWing 1 and 2

VP-24
6 - PBY-5A Catalina
VP-44
8 - PBY-5A Catalina
VP-51
3 - PBY-5A Catalina
NAS Utility
1 - J2F-2 Duck

VT-8 Detachment

6 - TBF-1 Avenger

Detachment of 7th Air Force

42nd BS
5 - B-17E Fortress
431st BS
7 - B-17E Fortress
31st BS
2 - B-17E Fortress
72nd BS
1 - B-17E Fortress
7th Air Force HQ
1 - B-17E Fortress
349th BS
1 - B-17D Fortress
1622nd Recon
2 - B-26S Marauder
69th BS
2 - B-26B Marauder

MIDWAY LOCAL DEFENSES

6th Marine Defense Bn Fleet Marine Force

Motor Torpedo Squadron 1- 8 PT Boats, 4 small patrol craft at Midway; 2 PT Boats at Kure

Midway Relief Fueling Unit - 1 oiler, 2 DDs

SAND ISLAND SEAPLANE BASE

Detachments of PatWing 1 and 2

VP-23
14 - PBY-5 Catalina
Wildcat
Zero

Japanese Forces

MAIN BODY

(Enter Western edge on 1700 turn, June 4.)

BatDiv 1

Yamato
(BB)
Yamato class BB
Nagato
(BB)
Nagato class BB
Mutsu
(BB)
Nagato class BB

Carrier Group

Hosho
(CVL) (26)
Hosho class CVL
with
8 - B4Y1 Jean
Yukaze
(DD)
Minekaze class DD

Special Force

Chiyoda
(CVS)
Chitose class CVS
tender
with midget subs
Nisshin
(CVS)
Nisshin
class CVS
tender
with midget subs

Screen (DesRon 3)

Sendai
(CL)
Sendai class CL

DesDiv

Hatsuyuki
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Shirayuki
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Murakumo
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Fubuki
(DD)
Fubuki class DD

DesDiv 19

Isonami
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Ayanami
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Uranami
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Shikinami
(DD)
Yugomo class DD

1st Supply Unit

Naruto
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Toei Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Zero

FIRST CARRIER STRIKING FORCE (First Air Fleet)

Carrier Group

(Deploy at start within four zones of Western edge.)

CarDiv 1

Akagi
(CV) (91)
Akigi class CV
with
16 - A6M2 Zero
and
18 - D3A1 Val
and
18 - B5N2 Kate
Kaga
(CV) (90)
Kaga class CV
with
18 - A6M2 Zero
and
18 - D3A1 Val
and
27 - B5N2 Kate

CarDiv 2

Hiryu
(CV) (64)
Hiryu class CV
with
18 - A6M2 Zero
and
18 - D3A1 Val
and
18 - B5N2 Kate
Soryu
(CV) (63)
Soryu class CV
with
18 - A6M2 Zero
and
18 - D3A1 Val
and
18 - B5N2 Kate
and
2 - D4Y1 Judy
Zero

Support Group

(Deploy at start within four zones of Western edge.)

CruDiv 8

Tone
(CA)
Tone class CA
Chikuma
(CA)
Tone class CA

2nd Section, BatDiv 3

Haruna
(BB)
Kongo class BB
Kirishima
(BB)
Kongo class BB

Screen (DesRon 10)

Nagara
(CL)
Nagara class CL

DesDiv 4

Arashi
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Nowaki
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Hagikaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Maikaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD

DesDiv 10

Kazagumo
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Yugumo
(DD)
Yugomo class DD
Makigumo
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Akigumo
(DD)
Yugomo class DD

DesDiv 17

Isokaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Urakaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Hamakaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Tanikaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD

Supply Group

Kyokuto Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Shinkoku Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Toho Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Nipon Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Kokuyo Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Zero

MIDWAY INVASION FORCE (2nd Fleet)

(Enter Western edge on 0500 turn, June 4.)

Invasion Force Main Body

CruDiv 4

Atago
(CA)
Takao class CA
Chokai
(CA)
Takao class CA

CruDiv 5

Myoko
(CA)
Myoko class CA
Haguro
(CA)
Myoko class CA

BatDiv 3

Kongo
(BB)
Kongo class BB
Hiei
(BB)
Kongo class BB

Screen (DesRon 4)

Yura
(CL)
Nagara class CL

DesDiv 2

Murasame
(DD)
Shiratsuyu class DD
Harusame
(DD)
Shiratsuyu class DD
Yudachi
(DD)
Shiratsuyu class DD
Samidare
(DD)
Shiratsuyu class DD

DesDiv 9

Asafumo
(DD)
Asashio class DD
Minegumo
(DD)
Asashio class DD
Natsugumo
(DD)
Asashio class DD

Carrier Group

Zuiho
(CVL) (30)
Shoho class CVL
with
12 - A6M2 - Zero
and
12 - B5N2 - Kate
Mikazuki
(DD)
Mutsuki class DD

Supply Group

Tsurumi
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Genyo Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Kenyo Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Akashi
(AR)
no picture
Zero

Close Support Group

(Enter Western edge on 1500 turn, June 3.)

CruDiv 7

Kumano
(CA)
Mogami class CA
Suzuya
(CA)
Mogami class CA
Mikuma
(CA)
Mogami class CA
Mogami
(CA)
Mogami class CA

DesDiv 8

Arashio
(DD)
Asashio class DD
Asahio
(DD)
Asashio class DD
Nichiei Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Zero

Transport Group

(Enter Western edge on 0500 turn, June 4.)
Kiyozumi Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Zenyo Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
No. 2 Toa Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Argentina Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Brazil Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Azuma Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Patrol Boat No. 1 Etorofu class PC
Patrol Boat No. 2 Etorofu class PC
Patrol Boat No. 3 Etorofu class PC
Patrol Boat No. 4 Etorofu class PC
Brazil Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Azuma Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Akemono Maru
(AO)
Nissan class AO
Keiyo Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Goshu Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Kano Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Hokuriku Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Kirishima Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP
Nankai Maru
(APA)
Canberra Maru class AP

Escort (DesRon 2)

Jintsu
(CL)
Sendai class CL

DesDiv 15

Oyashio
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Kuroshio
(DD)
Kagaro class DD

DesDiv 16

Amatsukze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Yukikaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Tokitsukaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Hatsukaze
(DD)
Kagaro class DD

DesDiv 18

Arare
(DD)
Hatuharu class DD
Shiranuhi
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Kasumi
(DD)
Hatuharu class DD
Kagero
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Zero

Seaplane Tender Group

(Enter Western edge on 0500 turn, June 4.)

Seaplane Tender Div 11

Chitose
(CVS)
Chitose class CVS
with
16 - E13A Jake
and
4 - A6M2 Rufe
Kamikawa Maru
(AV)
Kamikawa Maru
with
8 - E13A Jake
and
4 - A6M2 Rufe
Hayashio
(DD)
Kagaro class DD
Patrol Boat No. 35 Etorofu class patrol boat
Zero

Minesweeper Group

(Enter Western edge on 0500 turn, June 4.)
Tama Maru No. 3
(CM)
Tsugara class CM
Tama Maru No. 5
(CM)
Tsugara class CM
Tama Maru No. 7
(CM)
Tsugara class CM
Tama Maru No. 8
(CM)
Tsugara class CM
Subchaser No. 16 No. 11 class PC
Subchaser No. 17 No. 11 class PC
Subchaser No. 18 No. 11 class PC
Soya
(AF)
no picture
Meiyo Maru
(AK)
no picture
Yamafuku Maru
(AK)
no picture