Is the base on Midway still there?
No, Midway is now a part of the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Midway Airport or Midway Island. There is also a: Midway, Alabama Two Midway Californias Midway Delaware Two Midway Floridas Midway Georgia Three Midway Indianas Midway Kentucky Midway Louisiana Midway Missouri Midway North Carolina Midway Ohio Two Midway Pennsylvania Two Midway Tennessee's Midway Texas and a Midway Utah.
Taking place in June of 1942, the Battle of Midway was fought because of the Japanese decision to follow its initial successes in World War II with still more. Taking Midway would be another step for the Japanese towards total victory over the United States. At the same time, it would secure a base that could prevent U.S. forces from being able to attack the Japan home islands undetected and unopposed.
The objective of the Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway was two-fold. The first objective was to lure the American carriers out and destroy them. This would have given the Japanese Navy total superiority in the Pacific. The second objective, was to land an invasion force at Midway and take the atoll (the "island" of Midway). This would have provide Japan with an easternmost base capable of launching land based bombers to Hawaii.
This obsolete airplane was replaced by the A6M Zero in 1941. The Zero was a model "0" which entered service in 1940. Midway & Coral Sea took place in 1942! Some A5M's were no doubt still around performing reconnaissance missions...as they were still good flying machines. The A5M had been around since Japan was fighting China in 1935. If the A5 was still around during Coral Sea or Midway, few if anybody were aware of…